Planning and Installing Exchange Server 2016 – Part1

The current system requirements for Exchange Server 2016 include:

  • Windows Server 2008 or higher domain controllers and global catalog servers
  • Windows Server 2008 or higher domain and forest functional levels
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 or higher operating system (Windows Server “10” support is expected but can’t be formalised until it ships as well)
  • Co-existence with Exchange Server 2010 SP3 RU11 and Exchange Server 2013 CU10

Installing Exchange Server 2016 Pre-Requisites on Windows Server 2012 R2

Exchange itself does not rely on any specific features of either the Standard or Datacenter editions. It can be installed on both Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2.

There three options that you can install Exchange 2016

  • Mailbox server role (this is the only mandatory server role)
  • Edge Transport server role (this is optional, and can’t co-exist with the Mailbox server role on the same Windows Server)
  • Management Tools (for admin workstations or servers)

For an Exchange Server 2016 Mailbox server installation open an elevated (run as administrator)

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, RSAT-ADDS


A restart is required after the roles and features have finished installing.

After the restart download and install (in order):

  • A supported version of .NET Framework (check the supportability matrix)
  • Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit

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