Exchange 2016 Installation

After you have installed Exchange 2016 pre-requisites you can proceed with the installation of Exchange Server itself.

In this article we will cover:

  • Active Directory domain preparation for Exchange 2016 Installation
  • Exchange 2016 Installation of the Mailbox Server Role on a new server

Before proceeding with the installation it is highly recommended to take an Active Directory Backup and remember than changes performed to the AD schema, while unharmful especially when installing Microsoft products, are permanent and irreversible.

If you are performing the Exchange 2016 Installation in a new forest where no previous Exchange deployment exists you will have to choice an Organization Name which cannot be changed later on, unless you completely remove Exchange, so should be something fitting for the environment.

Exchange 2016 Installation – Prepare the AD Schema

As with previous Exchange versions Exchange 2016 installation requires a Schema Extension that will prepare AD with necessary attributes. I have described the process of extending AD Forest Schema in this article here I will concentrate on the domain preparation for Exchange 2016 installation.

Assuming no previous Exchange installation exists you will need to provide a name for the organization that Exchange will use

Setup.exe /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:"<OrgName>" /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Unattended Setup

Copying Files...
File copy complete.
Setup will now collect additional information needed for
installation.


Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check

    Prerequisite Analysis                                     100%

Setup will prepare the organization for Exchange Server 2016 by using 'Setup
/PrepareAD'. No Exchange Server 2013 roles have been detected in this topology.
After this operation, you will not be able to install any Exchange Server 2013
roles.
For more information, visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/library(EXCHG.160)/ms.
exch.setupreadiness.NoE15ServerWarning.aspx

Setup will prepare the organization for Exchange Server 2016 by using 'Setup
/PrepareAD'. No Exchange Server 2010 roles have been detected in this topology.
After this operation, you will not be able to install any Exchange Server 2010
roles.
For more information, visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/library(EXCHG.160)/ms.
exch.setupreadiness.NoE14ServerWarning.aspx


Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server

    Organization Preparation                                  COMPLETED

The Exchange Server setup operation completed successfully.

If you are installing in a domain where an Exchange organization already exists you only need to run the following version of the command

Setup.exe /PrepareAD /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Exchange 2016 Installation – Mailbox Server Role

Exchange 2016 architecture is composed of a single role the Mailbox Server Role with the optional Edge Server role, which will not be covered in this article, so that installation is straightforward with fewer options than in the past.

Exchange 2016 installation can be performed either using the GUI or directly via command line I will describe both methods.

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Extract Exchange 2016 Installation files in a convenient location and launch the setup file, in the first window you will be asked to check for updates and then installation files copy will start.

Exchange 2016 Installation - Setup Initialization

Read the introduction and accept the license agreement

Exchange 2016 Installation - Setup Introduction

Next you will be asked to participate or not in the Customer Improvement Experience

Exchange 2016 Installation - Setup Customer Improvement Experience

Finally you will be presented with the component selection. Ticking the Mailbox Server role will automatically select Management Tools as well and you can select the option to install any missing Windows feature or Role

Exchange 2016 Installation - Setup Mailbox Role

Select the path where Exchange binaries and default databases will be installed

Exchange 2016 Installation - Setup Mailbox Role Path

Finally you will be asked to either enable or disable Anti Malware settings, as usually a dedicated antimalware solution sits in front of the Exchange server it is generally a good idea to disable the setting

Exchange 2016 Installation - Setup Malware Settings

Setup will run the Readiness Tool which will check if all Exchange 2016 pre-requisites have been installed and then will finally allow you to start Exchange 2016 Installation.

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As with most things the CLI is the fastest way to complete a task and Exchange 2016 Installation is no exception. Open an elevated command prompt or PowerShell session and navigate to the folder where Exchange setup files are located and launch the following command

setup.exe /mode:Install /Role:MAilbox /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Languages
Management tools
Mailbox role: Transport service
Mailbox role: Client Access service
Mailbox role: Unified Messaging service
Mailbox role: Mailbox service
Mailbox role: Front End Transport service
Mailbox role: Client Access Front End service

Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check

    Configuring 									COMPLETED
    Prerequisite Analysis       					COMPLETED

Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server

    Preparing Setup             					COMPLETED
    Stopping Services           					COMPLETED
    Copying Exchange Files      					COMPLETED
    Language Files              					COMPLETED
    Restoring Services                  			COMPLETED
    Language Configuration              			COMPLETED
    Exchange Management Tools           			COMPLETED
    Mailbox role: Transport service     			COMPLETED
	Mailbox role: Client Access Service 			COMPLETED
	Mailbox role: Unified Messaging Service 		COMPLETED
	Mailbox role: Mailbox Service					COMPLETED
	Mailbox role: Front End Transport Service 		COMPLETED
	Mailbox role: Client Access Front End service 	COMPLETED
	Finaliying Setup							  	COMPLETED
	
The Exchange Server setup operation completed successfully.
Setup has made changes to the operating system settings that require a reboot to
take effect. Please reboot this server prior to placing it into production.

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Once you have rebooted the server it will be fully functional and you can take remaining steps to configure it for production.

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