Exchange Server 2016 – Installation using Setup Wizard

After you have installed all the Exchange Server 2016 Pre-Requisites, you are ready to install Exchange Server 2016 in your organization.

Before you can install Exchange Server 2016, make sure that user installing the Exchange Server should have following rights:

  1. Verify all Pre-Requisities are installed.
  2. Enterprise Admin
  3. Schema Admin
  4. Exchange Organization role group membership (This is required if AD Schema is already prepared or if you have installing the second or more Exchange Servers.)

Make sure that you have the latest version of Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative update. I am using Exchange Server 2016 CU4 for this blog series.

To Install using Setup wizard, follow below steps:

  1. Start Exchange 2016 Setup by double-clicking Setup.exe.
  2. On the Check for Updates? webpage, you can either choose connect to internet and check for updates or Don’t check for updates, and then click Next to continue:
    I prefer to select Don’t check for updates right now.
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  3. Setup will copy files to %WinDir%\Temp\ExchangeSetup, just in case you do not find it there then you can confirm the location in the Exchange Setup log at C:\ExchangeSetupLogs\ExchangeSetup.log. Setup will continue automatically.
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  4. On the Introduction page, Click Next to continue.
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  5. On the License Agreement page, review the software license terms, select I accept the terms in the license agreement, and then click Next to continue.
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  6. On the Recommended Settings page, choose one of the following settings:
    • Use recommended settings   Exchange automatically sends error reports and information about your computer hardware and how you use Exchange to Microsoft. For information about what’s sent to Microsoft and how it’s used, click ? or the help links on the page.
    • Don’t use recommended settings   These settings are disabled, but you can enable them at any time after Setup completes.

    Click Next to continueexchange-setup-06

  7. On the Server Role Selection page, configure the following options:
    • Mailbox role   Select this option, which also automatically installs the Management Tools.
    • Automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange   Select this option to have the Setup wizard install the required Windows prerequisites. You might need to reboot the computer to complete the installation of some Windows features. If you don’t select this option, you need to install the Windows features manually.

    Click Next to continue.exchange-setup-07

  8. On the Installation Space and Location page, either accept the default installation location (C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15), or click Browse to choose a new location. Make sure that you have enough disk space available in the location where you want to install Exchange. Click Next to continue.
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  9. On the Malware Protection Settings page, choose whether you want disable malware scanning. Malware scanning is enabled by default (the value No is selected). If you disable malware scanning, you can enable it in the future. Click Next to continue exchange-setup-09
  10. On Readiness Checks page, Setup will check the computer to verify that setup can continue. Click Install to Continue.
    If they haven’t, the only option on the page is Retry, so you need to resolve the errors before you can continue.
    After you resolve the errors, click Retry to run the prerequisite checks again. You can fix some errors without exiting Setup, while the fix for other errors requires you to restart the computer. If you restart the computer, you need to start over at Step 1.When no more errors are detected on the Readiness Checks page, the Retry button changes to Install so you can continue. Be sure to review any warnings, and then click Install to install Exchange 2016.exchange-setup-10
  11. On the Setup Progress page, a progress bar indicates how the installation is proceeding.
  12. On the Setup Completed page, click Finish, and then restart the computer.
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This completes the installation of Exchange Server 2016.

Setup will warn you about any errors and You can verify the installation by following methods:

  1. Run PowerShell command to get Exchange Server. If Exchange is installed properly then it will show up in Get-ExchangeServer cmdlet
    1. Get-ExchangeServer cmdlet

  2. Review the Setup log file <system drive>\ExchangeSetupLogs\ExchangeSetup.log. for any errors
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  3. Verify that all Microsoft Services are running
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This is the easy part of installing. we still need to configure the Exchange Server 2016 properly

Now you need to run the post installation setup tasks to configure mail flow, Subscribing Edge servers, spam agents and management tools etc.

Stay tuned for next blogs on Post installation steps.

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