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Planning and deployment

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Applies to: Exchange Server 2016

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

importantImportant:
Make sure you read the Release notes for Exchange 2016 topic before you begin your deployment. The release notes contain important information on issues you might encounter during and after your deployment.

Contents

Planning for Exchange 2016

Deploying Exchange 2016

Understanding Exchange 2016 Setup

For more information

Use the following links to access information to help you plan the deployment of Exchange Server 2016 into your organization.

importantImportant:
See Establish a Test Environment later in this topic about installing Exchange 2016 in a test environment.
Exchange 2016 server roles

Learn about the Mailbox server role that's included with Exchange 2016.

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.

Active Directory

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

Install Exchange 2016 Preview in a test lab environment only. Installing Exchange 2016 Preview in a production environment isn't supported.

For many organizations, the costs of building a test lab may be high because of the need to duplicate the production environment. To reduce the hardware costs associated with a prototype lab, we recommend the use of virtualization by using Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V technologies. Hyper-V enables server virtualization, allowing multiple virtual operating systems to run on a single physical machine.

For more detailed information about Hyper-V, see Server Virtualization. For information about Microsoft support of Exchange 2016 in production on hardware virtualization software, see "Hardware virtualization" in Exchange 2016 system requirements.

The deployment phase is the period during which you install Exchange 2016 into your organization. Before you begin the deployment phase, you should plan your Exchange organization. For more information, see the Planning section earlier in this topic.

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.

Exchange 2016 post-Installation tasks

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

You can use different types and modes of Exchange 2016 Setup to install and maintain the various editions and versions of Exchange 2016.

Exchange 2016 is available in two server editions: Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition. These are licensing editions that are defined by a product key. For more information, see Exchange Server Licensing.

You have the following options for Exchange 2016 Setup:

  • Exchange Setup UI   Running Setup.exe without any command-line switches provides an interactive experience where you are guided by the Exchange 2016 Setup wizard.

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

Setup for Exchange 2016 includes several installation modes:

  • Install   Use this mode when you're installing a new server role or adding a server role to an existing installation (maintenance mode). You can use this mode from both the Exchange Setup wizard and the unattended install.

  • Uninstall   Use this mode when you're removing the Exchange installation from a computer. You can use this mode from both the Exchange Setup wizard and the unattended install.

  • Upgrade   Select this mode used when you have an existing installation of Exchange and you're installing a cumulative update or service pack. You can use this mode from both the Exchange Setup wizard and the unattended install.

    noteNote:
    Exchange 2016 doesn't support in-place upgrades from previous versions of Exchange. This mode is used only to install cumulative updates or service packs.
  • RecoverServer   Use this mode when there has been a catastrophic failure of a server, and you need to recover data. You must install a server using the same fully qualified domain name (FQDN) as the failed server, and then run Setup with the /m:RecoverServer switch. Don't specify the roles to restore. Setup detects the Exchange Server object in Active Directory and installs the corresponding files and configuration automatically. After you recover the server, you can restore databases and reconfigure any additional settings. To run in RecoverServer mode, you can't have Exchange installed on the server. The Exchange server object must exist in Active Directory. You can only use this mode during an unattended installation.

noteNote:
You must complete one mode of Setup before you can use another mode.
 
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