Exchange 2016: Planning and Deployment

This tutorial will provide you information on planning and deploying Exchange 2016.


The mentioned below sections contain links to information about planning for and then deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016.


Ensure you go through the Release notes for Exchange 2016 topic before you start your deployment. The release notes consist of vital information on issues you may encounter on the process of or after your deployment.


This tutorial is going to cover the following:


  1. Planning for Exchange 2016
  2. Deploying Exchange 2016
  3. Understanding Exchange 2016 Setup
  • 1) Planning for Exchange 2016

  • Use the following mentioned links to access and explore information to assist you plan the deployment of Exchange Server 2016 into your enterprise.


    Note :
    Go through Establish a Test Environment later part in this tutorial about installing, configuring Exchange 2016 under a test environment.


    Exchange 2016 system requirements
    Understand the system requirements that need to be satisfied in your organization before you can install Exchange 2016.
    Exchange 2016 prerequisites
    Learn which Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012 features and the other software that needs to be installed to perform a successful installation of Exchange 2016.
    Exchange Server Deployment Assistant
    Use this tool to generate a customized checklist for planning, installing, or upgrading to Exchange 2016. Guidance is available for multiple scenarios, including an on-premises, hybrid, or cloud deployment.

    Active Directory
    Read this topic to learn about how Exchange 2016 uses Active Directory and how your Active Directory deployment affects your Exchange deployment.

    Antispam and antimalware protection in Exchange 2016
    Read this topic to understand anti-malware protection options for Exchange 2016.


    Exchange Server 2013 Hybrid Deployments
    Read this topic to help you with planning a hybrid deployment with Microsoft Office 365 and your on-premises Exchange 2016 organization.

    Exchange 2016 virtualization
    Read this topic to learn more about how you can deploy Exchange 2016 in a virtualized environment.

    Exchange Development Technologies
    This topic contains important information about Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that are available for applications that use Exchange 2016.


    Create a test environment

    Prior to installing Exchange 2016 for the very first time, we suggest you to install it in an separate isolated test environment. This strategy minimizes the risk of end-user downtime and negative consequences to the production environment.


    The test environment is going to act as your “proof of concept” for your novice new Exchange 2016 design and enable it to move forward or roll back any implementations prior to deploying into your production environments. Having an exclusive insulated test environment for validation and testing permits you to conduct pre-installation checks and verifications for your future production environments. Via installing in a test environment first, we believe that your enterprise will have a most likelihood of success in a complete production implementation.


    For several organizations, the costs of building a test lab might be high as of the need to duplicate the production environment. To minimize the hardware costs associated with a prototype lab, we suggest you the use of virtualization by utilizing Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V technologies. Hyper-V ensures server virtualization, permitting several virtual operating systems to run and execute on a single physical machine.


  • 2) Deploying Exchange 2016

  • The deployment phase is the duration during which you install and configure Exchange 2016 into your enterprise. Before you commence the deployment phase, you must plan your Exchange organization. To have more information, refer to the Planning section earlier in this tutorial.

    Use the following links to access the information you need to help you with deploying Exchange 2016.

    Prepare Active Directory and domains
    Learn about the steps you need to take to prepare your Active Directory forest for Exchange 2016 and the changes Exchange makes to your forest.

    Install the Exchange 2016 Mailbox role using the Setup wizard
    Follow the steps in this topic to use the Exchange 2016 Setup wizard to install Exchange 2016 into a new Exchange organization.

    Install Exchange 2016 using unattended mode
    Follow the steps in this topic to use Exchange 2016 unattended setup to install Exchange 2016 into a new Exchange organization.

    Install the Exchange 2016 Edge Transport role using the Setup wizard
    Follow the steps in this topic to use the Exchange 2016 Setup wizard to install the Exchange 2016 Edge Transport role into a perimeter network.

    Upgrade Exchange 2016 to the latest cumulative update
    Follow the steps in this topic to apply the latest cumulative update or service pack to Exchange 2016 servers in your organization.

    Hybrid Deployment procedures
    Read this topic for information that will help you deploy Exchange in an existing hybrid deployment.

    Exchange 2016 post-installation tasks
    Learn about post-installation tasks to complete your Exchange 2016 installation.


  • 3) Understanding Exchange 2016 Setup

  • You can use different categories and modes of Exchange 2016 Setup to install, configure and maintain the various editions and versions of Exchange 2016.

    Exchange editions and versions
    Exchange 2016 is available in two server editions: Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition. These are licensing editions that are defined by a product key.
    Categories of Exchange Setup

    Exchange 2016 Setup categorized into following types:


      • Exchange Setup UI Executing Setup.exe without any command-line switches offers an interactive experience where you are governed and guided by the Exchange 2016 Setup wizard.


      • Exchange Unattended Setup Running Setup.exe with command-line switches permits you to install Exchange from an interactive command line or via a script.


    Modes of Exchange Setup

    Setup for Exchange 2016 includes various installation modes:

    • Install-  This mode is used when you’re installing and configuring a new server role or adding a server role to live existing installation (maintenance mode). You may use this mode from both the Exchange Setup wizard and the unattended install.


    • Uninstall-   For removing the Exchange installation from a computer, this mode is used. You can also use this mode from both the Exchange Setup wizard and the unattended or neglected install.
    Upgrade-  When you have an existing installation of Exchange, then this mode is selected for use and you’re installing a cumulative update or service pack. You can also use this mode from both the Exchange Setup wizard and the unattended or abandon install.


    Exchange 2016 does not substantially support in-place upgrades or updates from previous versions of Exchange. This mode is generally used only to install or configure cumulative updates or service packs.


    •    Recover Server-  When there has been a catastrophic failure of a server then this mode is used and you need to recover data. You should install a server using the same completely qualified domain name (FQDN) as the failed server, and then run Setup with the /m:RecoverServer switch. Do not mention the roles to restore. Setup finds the Exchange Server object in Active Directory and installs the corresponding files and configuration automatically. After performing recovery of the server, you may restore databases and reconfigure any additional settings. To run and execute in RecoverServer mode, you do not have Exchange installed on the server. The Exchange server object shloud exist in Active Directory. You can only utilize this mode during an unattended abandon installation.


    You must finish one mode of Setup prior to you use another mode.

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