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Exchange 2016 prerequisites

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Applies to: Exchange Server 2016

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Coming from the Exchange Deployment Assistant? Click Exchange 2013 prerequisites.

This topic provides the steps for installing the necessary Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system prerequisites for the Exchange 2016 Mailbox and Edge Transport server roles. It also provides the prerequisites required to install the Exchange 2016 management tools on Windows 8.1 client computers.

  • Make sure that the functional level of your forest is at least Windows Server 2008, and that the schema master is running Windows Server 2008 or later. For more information about the Windows functional level, see Understanding Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Functional Levels.

  • The full installation option of Windows Server 2012 R2 must be used for all servers running Exchange 2016 server roles or management tools.

  • You must first join the computer to the appropriate internal Active Directory forest and domain.

  • Some prerequisites require you to reboot the server to complete installation.

  • Install the latest Windows updates on your computer. For more information, see Deployment security checklist.

    noteNote:
    You can't upgrade Windows from one version to another, or from Standard to Datacenter, when Exchange is installed on the server.
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Having problems? Ask for help in the Exchange forums. Visit the forums at: Exchange Server, Exchange Online, or Exchange Online Protection.

The computer you want to use to prepare Active Directory for Exchange 2016 has specific prerequisites that must be met.

First, install .NET Framework 4.5.2 on the computer that will be used to prepare Active Directory.

After you've installed the software listed above, complete the following steps to install the Remote Tools Administration Pack. After you've installed the Remote Tools Administration Pack you'll be able to use the computer to prepare Active Directory. For more information about preparing Active Directory, see Prepare Active Directory and domains.

  1. Open Windows PowerShell.

  2. Install the Remote Tools Administration Pack using the following command.

    Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS
    

The prerequisites that are needed to install Exchange 2016 on a Windows Server 2012 R2 computer depends on which Exchange role you want to install. Read the section below that matches the role you want to install.

Follow the instructions in this section to install the prerequisites on Windows Server 2012 R2 computers where you want to install the Mailbox server role.

Do the following to install the required Windows roles and features:

  1. Open Windows PowerShell.

  2. Run the following command to install the required Windows components.

    Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, RSAT-Clustering-Mgmt, RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell, Web-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI, Windows-Identity-Foundation
    

After you've installed the operating system roles and features, install the following software in the order shown:

  1. .NET Framework 4.5.2

  2. Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit

Follow the instructions in this section to install the prerequisites on Windows Server 2012 R2 computers where you want to install the Edge Transport server role.

Do the following to install the required Windows roles and features:

  1. Open Windows PowerShell.

  2. Run the following command to install the required Windows components.

    Install-WindowsFeature ADLDS
    

After you've installed the operating system roles and features, install .NET Framework 4.5.2

The only prerequisite that needs to be installed on Windows 8.1 computer is .NET Framework 4.5.2 .

 
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