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Installing Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 with GUI

Posted by Karim Buzdar on September 5, 2017
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You can install Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 with either PowerShell or Graphical User Interface (GUI). However, in this article, I’ll focus on installation with the help of GUI.

System Requirements

Exchange Server 2016 has following important system requirements. For details, please visit the following link:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719(v=exchg.160).aspx

Exchange Server 2016 system requirements

Installing Prerequisites

To get started, join the server machine with domain and then install the latest update (which is KB4034661 at the time of writing this guide) on Windows Server 2016. You can check the update history from the following location:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4034661

Open Windows PowerShell with administrative privileges and run the sconfig utility. Write number 6 and then hit Enter from the keyboard.

Windows PowerShell with administrative privileges and sconfig utility

Follow the wizard to download and install latest Windows Updates.

install latest Windows Updates

Next, install the required roles by issuing the following command.

The final prerequisite is to download and install Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Runtime.

Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime

Click Next.

Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime view

Read and accept the license terms. When you are done, click Install.

Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime installation

When an installation is completed, click Finish.

Extending Schema and Preparing Active Directory

After you have fulfilled the prerequisites, this is the time to extend the schema and prepare an active directory. Mount the Exchange Server 2016 installation media on a domain controller. Open a PowerShell, go to a drive where setup files are located and then issue the following command.

Prepare the active directory by issuing the following two commands on PowerShell console.

Installing Exchange Server 2016

To install the latest version of Exchange Server 2016, download the latest cumulative update for Exchange Server 2016 (which is Cumulative Update 6  at the time of writing this guide). The cumulative update is a full installation of exchange and includes updates and changes from previous CU’s. When you have downloaded the iso file, or if you have an installation media in the form of DVD, mount it and then double-click the EXCHANGESERVER.msi file.

Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 6

Check ‘Don’t check for updates right now’ to install the updates after the setup has been completed. Click next.

Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 6 introduction

On the introduction page, click Next.

Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 6 license agreement

Read and accept the license agreement by clicking the corresponding checkbox. Click Next.

Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 6 recommended settings

Click ‘Don’t use recommended settings’ and then click Next.

Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 6 Server role selection

On the Server Role Selection page, check Mailbox role and then click Next.

Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 6 installation space and location

Change the path for the Exchange Server installation if you would like otherwise leave it as default. Click Next.

Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 6 malware protection settings

Check ‘Yes’ to disable malware scanning and then click Next.

Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 6 rediness checks

After the prerequisite analysis has been completed, click install and wait for the installation to finish.

Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 6 setup completed window

Click Finish after the setup has been completed and then reboot the computer. When you have rebooted the computer, open the following link in your favorite web browser:

https://Your Exchange Server FQDN/ECP

Exchange Server Admin Center

Good luck and thanks for reading my article 🙂

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Karim Buzdar
Karim Buzdar
Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Server Infrastructure. As an IT engineer and technical author, he focuses on Microsoft Directory Services and PowerShell