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Install Exchange Server step by step on Windows Server. Before you start installing Exchange Server, make sure to install Exchange Server prerequisites first. After that, prepare Active Directory and domains for Exchange Server. After doing both tasks, you are ready to install Exchange Server. In this article, you will learn how to install Exchange Server.
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Before installing Exchange Server
Before you can proceed further with the Exchange Server installation, follow both of the articles:
After you have walked through the above configuration, install the Exchange Mailbox Server Role.
Important: 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
Go to the Exchange Server build numbers and release dates page. The page lists all Exchange Server build numbers and release dates. Download and save the Exchange Server ISO image.
Note: We recommend downloading the latest Exchange Server build version.
In File Explorer, right-click on the Exchange Server CU 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.
Mount the Exchange ISO image before proceeding to the next step.
Install Exchange Server with command line
There are two options for installing Exchange server. You can choose to:
- Install Exchange Mailbox server using the setup wizard
- Install Exchange Mailbox server using unattended mode (this article)
The Exchange setup wizard will guide you to install Exchange Server with GUI. The Exchange unattended mode will install Exchange Server with the command line.
Note: The Exchange Server installation will fail if there is a pending reboot available on the system. We recommend restarting the Windows Server before you start the installation.
Run Command Prompt as administrator. Install the Mailbox Server Role and the management tools in the default folder on the local server.
C:\>E:\Setup.exe /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms_DiagnosticDataOFF /mode:Install /r:MB Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 16 Unattended Setup Copying Files... File copy complete. Setup will now collect additional information needed for installation. Languages Management tools Mailbox role: Transport service Mailbox role: Client Access 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: 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 Mailbox Role finished installing. Reboot the server.
Sign in to Exchange Admin Center (EAC)
Sign in to Exchange Admin Center (EAC). Start your favorite browser and go to https://hostname/ecp. Change the hostname to yours. Another way is to use https://localhost/ecp.
You will get a certificate warning in your browser. Accept the risk and continue.
In our example, the Exchange Server hostname is EX01-2016.
Fill in the domain and administrator credentials. Then, click sign in.
The mailboxes area is almost empty, except for one mailbox that shows up. That’s the account that you used for installing Exchange Server.
Did this article help you to install Exchange Server on Windows Server with command line?
The next step is to configure Exchange Server »
You learned how to install Exchange Server step by step on Windows Server. An excellent way to install the Mailbox Server Role is with the command line. After a reboot, verify that you can sign in to the Exchange Admin Center.
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