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Step by Step Installation Guide – Exchange Server 2016, preview version

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I have tried to make it simple on how to install your first Exchange Server 2016 on a Windows Server 2012 r2 infrastructure.

My Lab,

One Domain Controller (Windows Server 2008 r2 Std), and the functional level is Windows 2008 r2 (you may chose 2012 as well). – DC1

One Member Server (Windows Server 2012 r2 Std) – EX1

Domain Name is ed.com (I used short form of ExchangeDictionary.com)

Once you added the EX1 server into domain, you have 2 following options to install the exchange pre-requisites.

- Use the exchange installation wizard and select the option “Automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange Server”

- Manually install the pre-requisites and start the Exchange installation wizard.

I recommend you to follow the first option, which will ensure all required roles are installed and the easiest between the two.

Download the required software’s before we start the actual installation process.

Exchange Server 2016: Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 - Preview

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

.NET Framework 4.5.2: Download

Installation Guide

Note: Please note that, I use a fresh AD and Exchange infra and hence you would not see any co-existing scenarios in this article.


Start the Exchange installation wizard (Extract the EXE downloaded from MS Download site)

Double click the setup application from the extracted folder, and follow the initial wizard and accept the EULA (End User License Agreement) and click Next to continue.

At the Recommended Settings section, select “Don’t use recommended settings” and click Next to continue.

Recomended Settings

Next screen will ask you for the Server Role Selection, select Mailbox role and ensure that you selected “Automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange Server” option at the bottom and click Next to continue.

Server Selection and Role installation

Follow the wizard and ensure you have chosen correct option & values in the following screens,

- Installation space and Location

- Specify the Name for this Exchange Organization (I entered as ExchangeDictionay)

The wizard will now install the required server roles and features automatically. Wait for the process to complete until you get Readiness Check result. The result page will display many errors and warning. You may safely ignore the errors & warning, because many roles and feature requires a server restart.

Before you initiate the server restart, please run the following command to add the “Server Media Foundation” feature (this feature does not get installed automatically, let’s hope that MS update the process in the full release).

Run “Install-WindowsFeature server-media-foundation” from Windows PowerShell

Media Foundation - Install

Initiate a server restart to continue the Exchange Server installation wizard.


Once the server is restarted, please install the following applications/software which are download earlier,

Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit
File Name – UcmaRuntimeSetup.EXE
.NET Framework 4.5.2
File Name - NDP452-KB2901907-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe

Restart the Server once again to finalize the setup process.


By now you have completed installing all the required pre-requisites for installing Exchange Server 2016. Please start the Exchange Server 2016 installation wizard again from the extracted folder.

Follow the wizard exactly we did it in the stage1.

You will see a clean “Readiness Checks” result, and it is all set to continue the installation. Click on Install button to continue the installation process.

Readiness Check Result

Sit back and relax, the process will take approximately 40 minutes to complete and again depends on the server configuration you use. Restart the server once the wizard successfully finishes the installation process and Open your Exchange Administration Console.

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