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.
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.
C:\>E:\Setup.exe /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms /mode:Install /r:MB
Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 16 Unattended Setup
File copy complete. Setup will now collect additional information needed for installation.
Mailbox role: Transport service
Mailbox role: Client Access service
Mailbox role: Unified Messaging service
Mailbox role: Mailbox service
Mailbox role: Front End Transport service
Mailbox role: Client Access Front End service
Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check
Configuring Prerequisites COMPLETED
Prerequisite Analysis COMPLETED
Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server
Preparing Setup COMPLETED
Stopping Services COMPLETED
Copying Exchange Files COMPLETED
Language Files COMPLETED
Restoring Services COMPLETED
Language Configuration COMPLETED
Exchange Management Tools COMPLETED
Mailbox role: Transport service COMPLETED
Mailbox role: Client Access service COMPLETED
Mailbox role: Unified Messaging service COMPLETED
Mailbox role: Mailbox service COMPLETED
Mailbox role: Front End Transport service COMPLETED
Mailbox role: Client Access Front End service COMPLETED
Finalizing Setup COMPLETED
The Exchange Server setup operation completed successfully.
Setup has made changes to operating system settings that require a reboot to take effect. Please reboot this server
prior to placing it into production.
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.
Fill in the domain and administrator credentials. Click the sign in button.
The mailboxes area is almost empty, except one mailbox is showing. That’s the account that we used for installing Exchange Server 2016.
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.