Installing Exchange 2016

Installing Exchange 2016

Exchange 2016 was released to market earlier this week so I thought I would make a quick video on Installing Exchange 2016. This was actually recorded a few weeks ago using the Exchange 2016 preview but I hadn’t gotten around to editing it and in the meantime Microsoft went ahead and released it so here it is using the preview installation source. There is no difference in the method when using the RTM installation source.

So here’s the video, apologies for the mic volume, hopefully a few more of these and my video editing skills will improve…maybe.

So very similar to past versions of Exchange, there is nothing here that should give anyone who has installed Exchange before any trouble. Here are a couple of links to the Technet resources where you will find details on the system requirements, the pre-requisites and the unattended installation commands.

System Requirements:


Unattended mode:

The specific method used to install Exchange 2016 in the demonstration was as follows:

To install the pre-requisite roles and features I first ran:

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

Remember you can omit RSAT-ADDS if you won’t be using the server to prepare AD, so if this is not the first Exchange 2016 server or if your Active Directory structure dictates that domain preparation must be performed elsewhere then you don’t need the Remote Tools Administration Pack.

Although I edited it out to keep the video shorter I also installed the following:

.NET Framework 4.5.2


Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit

After a reboot I proceeded to prepare active directory.

  1. Open an elevated command prompt and change directory to the path where your Exchange 2016 installation source is located
  2. Then run:
Setup.exe /PrepareAD /on:MyOrg /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Once active directory preparation completed I ran the following from the same elevated command prompt:

Setup.exe /mode:Install /role:Mailbox /OrganizationName:MyOrg /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

In both of these commands you can change “MyOrg” for a suitable Exchange organization name. If you already have Exchange servers you will need to use the existing organisation name. Remember there is only one role in Exchange 2016 so although the “role” switch would imply there is a choice, there isn’t.

This procedure takes somewhere approaching an hour to complete give or take so once the installation gets off the ground go and have a cup of tea. When the Exchange installation has finished you should give the server a reboot before you continue on to configuring your new Exchange 2016 server.

As always thanks for watching and reading.

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