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Install Exchange Server step by step

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 of the tasks, you are ready to install Exchange Server. In this article, you will learn how to install Exchange Server.

Information before installing Exchange Server

Before you can proceed further with the Exchange Server installation, follow both of the articles:

  1. Install Exchange Server prerequisites
  2. Prepare Active Directory and domains for Exchange Server

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.

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.

Install Exchange Server 2016 step by step mount Exchange Server ISO

Mount the Exchange ISO image before proceeding to the next step.

Install Exchange Server with command line

There are two options for installing Exchange servers. You can choose to:

  1. Install Exchange Mailbox server using the setup wizard
  2. Install Exchange Mailbox server 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. Install the Mailbox Server Role and the management tools in the default folder on the local server. 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

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

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. Then, click sign in.

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.

Install Exchange Server 2016 step by step logged in EAC

The next step is to configure Exchange Server »

Conclusion

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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ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN is a passionate IT Architect, IT Consultant, and Microsoft Certified Trainer. He started Information Technology at a very young age, and his goal is to teach and inspire others. Read more »

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