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Installing Exchange 2016 on Windows Server 2012 R2

Installing exchange 2016 step by step on Windows Server 2012 R2.

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 CU2 Setup using the below Link

Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2016

Step 1:

To Prepare Active Directory using the same machine.

Install the Below Feature

Open Windows PowerShell.

Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS


Step 2:

Am Going to Install all roles in the Scenario

Open Windows PowerShell

Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, 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


# Run Restart-Computer to Reboot the Server

Step 2.1:

Download and Install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.1 (Offline Installer)

Restart the Computer

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

Open Windows PowerShell

Browse to Setup Location

Run as administrator.

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

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


Step 6:

Preparing Domain

Open Windows PowerShell

Browse to Setup Location

Run as administrator.

.\setup /Preparedomain /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms


Note :

If you are in a Child domain Scenario


.\setup /Preparealldomains /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Step 7:

Run the setup.exe

Choose Next,Accept the agreement.


Step 8:

Choose the Roles.

Choose Next

Note :”Edge Transport Role” Which can be installed in DMZ.


Step 9:

Choose Next


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


Choose Next

Step 10:

Choose Install


Step 11:



Microsoft  Exchange Server 2016 Build 225.17 – Setup Completed.

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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  1. Hello

    I think you switched Step 4 and 5. PrepareSchema should be done before PrepareAD.


  2. Good to see you being so active and dedicated. Thank you !

  3. Thank you for sharing, I didn’t see client access role in installation

    Usman Ghani

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