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Exchange 2016 Installation Step by Step Guide

Microsoft Exchange product has been released Exchange 2016 to the public. Here I am going to show you how to install Exchange 2016 on a testing infrastructure.

 

Before we jump in to installation of Exchange 2016 lets take a look at some of the System requirements and compatibility requirements.

 

Coexistence between exchange 2016 and earlier versions.
Exchange version Exchange organization coexistence
Exchange 2007 and earlier versions Not supported
Exchange 2010 Supported with Update Rollup 9 for Exchange 2010 SP3 or later on all Exchange 2010 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
Exchange 2013 Supported with Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 8 or later on all Exchange 2013 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
Mixed Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 organization Supported with the following minimum versions of Exchange:

  • Update Rollup 9 for Exchange 2010 SP3 or later on all Exchange 2010 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
  • Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 8 or later on all Exchange 2013 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
Hybrid deployments with Office 365 Supported with Office 365 tenants that have been upgraded to the latest version.
Supported Forest Functional Level for Exchange Server 2016 Active Directory must be at Windows Server 2008 forest functionality mode or higher.
Minimum Operation System Requirements
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
Memory Requirement
  • Mailbox   8GB minimum
  • Edge Transport   4GB minimum

 

Please use below URL for latest information about Exchange 2016 system requirements

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

* You must have Enterprise Admin, Schema Admin and Domain admin rights before you start the installation of Exchange 2016.

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/d4f0dafe-7d16-4786-9144-e17c1e264c84/autodiscover-fails-after-mailbox-move?forum=exchangesvrclients

 

Lab Scenario

In this lab we are using Windows server 2012 R2 Domain controllers and no legacy exchange versions. Our AD domain name is UCtalks.local and mail domain is uctalks.com.

Installing Exchange 2016 Pre-requisites

Install Active Directory preparation pre-requisites. This will allow you to prepare AD schema during Exchange 2016 installation wizard.

  1. Open Windows PowerShell.
  2. Install the Remote Tools Administration Pack using the following command.

Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS

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Install Mailbox Server Role Pre-requisites . Make sure to reboot the server once completing the pre-requisites installation.

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

Please use below url for the latest Exchange 2016 prerequisites

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691354(v=exchg.160).aspx

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After you’ve installed the operating system roles and features, install the following software in the order as shown below.

  1. .NET Framework 4.5.2
  2. Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit

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Installing .NET Framework 4.5.2

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

 

We need to prepare ADSchema/ PrepareAD and prepareDomain. Please use fallowing Cmdlets for ran each task.

  1. Setup.exe /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
  2. Setup.exe /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:"<organization name>" /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
  3. Setup.exe /PrepareDomain:uctalks.local /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

 

Prepare AD Schema – Setup.exe /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

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Prepare AD – Setup.exe /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:"Contoso" /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

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After we prepare the AD, there is no way to install Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2013 as mentioned above screenshot.

Prepare Domain – Setup.exe /PrepareDomain:uctalks.local /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

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Now we have prepare the Active Directory for Exchange 2016. It will take few minutes to few hours to complete AD replication.

 

Installing Exchange 2016 Using Setup Wizard

Now we are installing Exchange 2016 using GUI. Please bare in mind to use elevated prompt if we use UAC enable mode. Its always better to select to check internet for updates.

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Once you check the available update and Setup will start to copy Exchange files to local disk.

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Click Next.

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Accept the Microsoft License Agreement and click next.

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Select Recommended settings and click next.

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Select mailbox role and windows features installation check box. management tools will select automatically.

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Select the installation location and Click Next.

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Keep enable the Malware protection settings and click next.

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Click next to start installation process.

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We have completed the exchange 2016 installation. Please restart the server to complete the installation.

There are lot of post installation tasks and you can find all the required configuration from below url.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124397(v=exchg.160).aspx

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Posted by on October 7, 2015 in Exchange, exchange 2016, Release

 

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Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2012 R2 and Exchange Server 2013 – Replica is inconsistent

 

We were installing Microsoft Data Protection manager 2012 R2 for an customer they were using Exchange 2013 / SharePoint 2013 and Active directory. Everything was configured successfully even creating recovery point for protection Groups.

They issue that we got that the DPM started to showing all the Mailbox database as “ Replica is inconsistent”, Ran consistency check multiple times on DPM but problem was still there.

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Exchange database shows backup has been taken correctly.

 

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Did some research on internet and found various people had same problem. Fix was to install Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 on DPM 2012 R2 server.

Download URL

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30679

Then we ran another consistency check and all the replicas back to OK.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in DPM, Exchange 2013

 

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Announcing Exchange Server 2016 Preview!

Microsoft has been released exchange server 2016 public preview to download. They have announced this in first time at ignite and presented some features as well.

 

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Exchange Server 2013 Preview has arrived :) Exchange 2003 guys time to Migrate to Exchange 2010

 

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Few days back new family member (Release Preview) of Microsoft Exchange has been arrived with fantastic architectural changes and new features. This is just a preview and some features may not be in RTM 😉 .

Some of Key changes in Exchange 2013 Release Preview

  1. Coexistence with Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 is supported and Exchange 2003 is not supported. So who is still dealing with Exchange 2003 now time to migrate to exchange 2010.
  2. Windows 2008 R2 Operating system and Windows 8 will support as a Operating System.
  3. Exchange 2013 preview use new Exchange Administration Center. That has a single unified Management console that allows to manage On-premises /online or Hybrid deployments. We cannot see Exchange management Console anymore and we don’t want to wait time to load management Console.
  4. Reduced number of server roles. So we won’t be able to see HUB Transport server role as a separate server role. We can see only Client Access Server Role and Mailbox Server role. But still we can use Exchange 2010 Edge Transport Server role for Exchange 2013. See Mail flow diagram – Figure 1
  5. RPC is not longer a required protocol for Exchange 2013. Exchange 2013 use RPC over HTTPS for Outlook Connectivity.
  6. Exchange 2013 has introduced Data loss prevention . So you can protect sensitive data by Transport rules.
  7. Exchange 2013 improved the auditing functionality so we can import and export the Administrator audit log and the audit log records whenever a mailbox accessed by someone.
  8. With a new design We cannot see the separate Public folder database. Public folder uses Existing DAG functionality for high availability purpose. Replication method also change to single-master replication model form Multi-master replication model.
  9. Site Mailbox is there , So user can search document and emails by one client. This can integrate with SharePoint Server.
  10. Outlook WebApp has restructure. The Outlook WebApp user interface is improved and optimized for tablets and smart phones. Also user collaboration has improved. Hence users can merge contacts with social network such as Linkedin .

 

 

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Figure 1

Finally, You can download Preview bits and help files:

 

Bits: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/fp179701

CHM Help: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30338

 
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Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 (KB982639)

The Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010, Service Pack 1 has just been released today 22/06/2011.

Description

Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 customers.

You can download it from below location.

Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack1
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26554
 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

UDP Notification Support Re-added to Exchange 2010

Now this functionality will be back with in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 Roll-Up 3 (SP1 RU3) which will suppose to release on March 2011.

More info. Here

More information about Outlook 2003 with Exchange 2010. Here

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Microsoft Has Released UR2 for Exchange Server 2007 SP2

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2). You may feel UR1 just came out. but UR2 come out with many bug fixes.  See below shown links.

KB article :- Description of Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2

Download :- Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (KB972076)

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2010 in Exchange, Exchange 2007, Release