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Installing Exchange 2016 on Windows Server 2016 Step by Step

Installing exchange server 2016 step by step on Windows Server 2016.

Make sure windows is patches with latest updates. So that you have all the latest .net versions installed.

Before Exchange 2016 Install  – Go through the Minimum system requirements below – Note Preview versions are not Production ready.

Minimum System Requirements and Forest Functional Level for Exchange Server 2016

You can Download the Exchange Server 2016 CU15 Setup using the below Link

Step 1:

To Prepare Active Directory using the same machine.

Install the Below Feature which install the Active Directory Tools as well.

Open Windows PowerShell.

Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS


Step 2:

Install Required Roles.

Open Windows PowerShell

Install-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, RSAT-Clustering-Mgmt, RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell, Web-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI, Windows-Identity-Foundation, RSAT-ADDS

To check .Net Version on Windows Server 2016 – Its recommended to patch the the .net to latest supported version and then install Exchange

(Get-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full' ).Release

Install .Net 4.8


Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2012

Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2013

Step 3

Download and Install Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime


Step 4:

Preparing Schema

Open Windows PowerShell – Browse to Setup Location –  Run as administrator.

.\setup /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms


Step 5:

Preparing Active Directory

.\setup /Preparead /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms /OrganizationName:"Enter Exchange Org Name"

Note : If you are already in a Exchange Organization – Remove /OrganizationName Parameter


Step 6:

Preparing Domain

.\setup /Preparedomain /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Note :

If you are in a Child domain Scenario

.\setup /Preparealldomains /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Step 7:

Run as Administrator – setup.exe

Choose Next,Accept the agreement.


Step 8:

Choose the Mailbox Role.

Choose Next

Note :”Edge Transport Role” should be installed in DMZ. (if required)


Step 9:

Choose Next


You can always move Database path for Exchange Databases and log files to a separate drive.

How to move database path and log folder path in Exchange 2013/2016

Step 10:

Choose Next

If you already Did “Step 4” you won’t see a option to create organization. As Already Exchange Org is already created

Else Enter a Org Name.

Step 11:

Choose  “No” for Malware Scanning


Step 10:

Choose Install



Microsoft  Exchange Server 2016  – Setup Completed Successfully.

Get-ExchangeServer| FT Name,Admin*


About Satheshwaran Manoharan

Satheshwaran Manoharan is an Microsoft Office Server and Services MVP , Publisher of Specialized in Office365 / Microsoft Exchange / Virtualization , Sathesh is an Messaging Expert supporting/Designing/Deploying many medium size businesses to large enterprises when it comes to Corporate messaging and Virtualization Infrastructure

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