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Install Exchange Server 2016 step by step

Install Exchange Server 2016 step by step on Windows Server 2016. Before you start installing Exchange Server 2016, make sure to install Exchange Server 2016 prerequisites first. After that, prepare Active Directory and domains for Exchange Server. After doing both of the tasks, you are ready to install Exchange Server. In this article, you will learn how to install Exchange Server 2016.

Information before installing Exchange Server 2016

The prerequisites are already installed on the server with the previous steps. Active Directory and domains are prepared for Exchange Server too. You can now proceed to install the Mailbox Server Role.

After you install Exchange on a server, you must not change the server name. Renaming a server after you’ve installed an Exchange server role is not supported.

Download Exchange Server 2016

Go to the following page to get a list of the latest Exchange Server CU. The page will show you the Exchange Server build numbers and release dates. Scroll down for Exchange Server 2016. At the moment of writing, the latest version for Exchange Server 2016 is Exchange Server 2016 CU16. The release date is March 17, 2020. The build number is 15.1.1979.3. Download and save the ISO image.

In File Explorer, right-click on the Exchange Server 2016 CU16 ISO image file and select Mount. It will mount the ISO to a drive. For example, the E:\ drive. The E:\ drive contains the Exchange installation files. Make sure to mount the Exchange ISO image before proceeding to the next step.

Install Exchange Server 2016 with command line

There are two options for installing Exchange servers. Install Exchange Mailbox server using the setup wizard or using unattended mode. The Exchange setup wizard will guide you to install Exchange Server with GUI and the Exchange unattended mode will install Exchange Server with the command line. In this example, we are going to install Exchange using unattended mode.

Run Command Prompt as administrator. Run the following command to install the Mailbox Server Role and the management tools in the default folder on the local server in an organization where Active Directory has already been prepared for the version of Exchange that’s being installed. Note that the installation will fail if there is a pending reboot available on the system.

Exchange Server is installed. Reboot the server.

Log into Exchange Admin Center (EAC)

Log into the 2016 Exchange Admin Center (EAC). In our example, the Exchange Server hostname is EX01-2016. Open your favorite browser and go to https://hostname/ecp. Change the hostname to yours.

You will get a certificate warning in your browser. Accept the risk and continue.

Install Exchange Server 2016 step by step log into EAC certificate warning

Fill in the domain and administrator credentials. Click the sign in button.

Install Exchange Server 2016 step by step log into EAC

The mailboxes area is almost empty, except one mailbox is showing. That’s the account that we used for installing Exchange Server 2016.

Install Exchange Server 2016 step by step logged in EAC

The next step is to configure the Exchange Server 2016.


In this article, you learned how to install Exchange Server 2016 step by step on Windows Server 2016. We did install the Mailbox Server Role with the command line. The next step is to configure Exchange Server 2016. Did you enjoy this article? If so, you may like the article Which .NET Framework for Exchange Server. Don’t forget to follow us and share this article.



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