Planning and Installing Exchange Server 2016 – Part2

Planning and Installing Exchange Server 2016 – Part1

Preparing Active Directory

A new installation of Exchange Server 2016 involves applying an Active Directory schema update, as do most Exchange Server cumulative updates, as well as preparing the Active Directory domains where Exchange Server 2016 and any mail-enabled objects will be located.

  • The forest functional level must be at least Windows Server 2008
  • The account used for Exchange installation must be Enterprise Admin and Schema Admin
  • The server you’re running the schema update from must be located in the same Active Directory site as the Schema Master

Whether you’re running the schema update from an Exchange server or a separate server then the following requirements apply:

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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

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Getting Started with Exchange Server 2016

Exchange Server 2016 has just two server roles:
• Mailbox server role – this role will consolidate the Mailbox and Client Access roles from Exchange Server 2013. Compared to Exchange Server 2010 this role consolidates all of the functions of the Client Access, Mailbox, Hub Transport, and Unified Messaging server roles.
The Mailbox server role in Exchange Server 2016 is the only mandatory server role, and the consolidation reinforces the recommended practice since Exchange Server 2010 to deploy Exchange as a multi-role server instead of deploying individual roles to separate servers.
• Edge Transport server role – this role will be much the same as Edge Transport in previous versions of Exchange, designed to sit in perimeter networks and provide secure inbound and outbound mail flow for the organization. Edge Transport servers are not mandatory.

Exchange 2010 SP3 installation and Problems.

I would like to write some issue I know about upgrading the Exchange server 2010 to SP3.

First of all, I want to say that it is really easy to install the package. However, there are small problems you can see.

One of them is your account must be schema and Enterprise admin rights. Second thing is that if you have Endpoint protection, you have to uncheck Real-time protection. During the language section, it can get stuck and I know that some of my friends waited there 5-6 hours. If you disable real-time protection, it will 5-10 minutes.

Last thing I would like to mention here is that before starting the installation, stop all services of backup, antivirus software and anything that is related to Exchange server. Don’t worry, if you didn’t, the installation will warn you before starting.

the download path is http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36768

Using Power Shell to configure Receive Connector on Exchange 2013

Most of us still use GUI to configure or check receive connector. Since Exchange 2013 has been announced, we may start using power shell instead of GUI. Because GUI is web based now. If you have any problem on it, the best way to manage Exchange 2013 is to use Power shell.

Let’s have quick look same basic power shell commands

Our first basic command is Get-Receiveconnector

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Receive Connector on Exchange 2013

After all SMTP addresses are added to accepted domains, we should configure receive connectors now. As you all know that HUB server role is no longer available. New role is embedded into CAS role that named Front End.

The important receive connector here is “Default Frontend Server name” Because both role, mailbox and CAS have been installed on same server and this server is on the secure zone but this connector receives email from anonymous client. I think this changes made due to Edge site server is no longer part of Exchange environment anymore.

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