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Install the Exchange 2016 Mailbox role using the Setup wizard

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Applies to: Exchange Server 2016

This topic explains how to use the Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Setup wizard to install the Exchange 2016 Mailbox role on a computer. For more information about planning for Exchange 2016, see Planning and deployment.

If you want to install the Exchange 2016 Edge Transport role on a computer, see Install the Exchange 2016 Edge Transport role using the Setup wizard. The Edge Transport role can't be installed on the same computer as the Mailbox server role.

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

For information about tasks to do after you've installed Exchange 2016, see Exchange 2016 post-Installation tasks.

  • Estimated time to complete: 60 minutes

  • Make sure you've read the release notes prior to installing Exchange 2016. For more information, see Release notes for Exchange 2016.

  • The computer you install Exchange 2016 on needs to have a supported operating system, have enough disk space, be a member of an Active Directory domain, and satisfy other requirements. For information about system requirements, see Exchange 2016 system requirements.

  • To run Exchange 2016 setup, you need to install various Windows roles and features, .NET Framework 4.5.2 or later, and other required software. To understand the prerequisites for all server roles, see Exchange 2016 prerequisites.

  • If you're installing the first Exchange 2016 server in the organization, the account you use needs to be a member of the Enterprise Admins group.

  • if you haven't previously prepared the Active Directory schema, the account you use also needs to be a member of the Schema Admins group.

  • If you've already prepared the schema and aren't installing the first Exchange 2016 server in the organization, the account you use needs to be a member of the Exchange 2016 Organization Management role group.

    Administrators who are members of the Delegated Setup role group can deploy Exchange 2016 servers that have been previously provisioned by a member of the Organization Management role group.

  • For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the procedures in this topic, see Keyboard shortcuts in the Exchange admin center.

After you install Exchange 2016 on a server, you must not change the server name. Renaming a server after you have installed an Exchange 2016 server role is not supported.

  1. Log on to the computer on which you want to install Exchange 2016.

  2. Download the Exchange 2016 installation files from the Microsoft Download Center.

  3. Navigate to the network location of the Exchange 2016 installation files.

  4. Start Exchange 2016 Setup by double-clicking Setup.exe

    If you have User Access Control (UAC) enabled, you need to right-click Setup.exe and select Run as administrator.
  5. On the Check for Updates? page, choose whether you want Setup to connect to the Internet and download product and security updates for Exchange 2016. If you select Connect to the Internet and check for updates, Setup will download updates and apply them prior to continuing. If you select Don't check for updates right now, you can download and install updates manually later. We recommend that you download and install updates now. Click Next to continue.

  6. The Introduction page begins the process of installing Exchange into your organization. Several links to helpful deployment content are listed. We recommend that you visit these links prior to continuing setup. Click Next to continue.

  7. On the License Agreement page, review the software license terms. If you agree to the terms, select I accept the terms in the license agreement, and then click Next.

  8. On the Recommended settings page, select whether you want to use the recommended settings. If you select Use recommended settings, Exchange will automatically send error reports and information about your computer hardware and how you use Exchange to Microsoft. If you select Don't use recommended settings, these settings remain disabled but you can enable them at any time after Setup completes. For more information about these settings and how information sent to Microsoft is used, click ?.

  9. On the Server Role Selection page, choose whether you want to install the Mailbox role or just the Management Tools on this computer. The management tools are installed automatically if you install the Mailbox server role.

    Select Automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange Server to have the Setup wizard install required Windows prerequisites. You may 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.

    This option installs only the Windows features required by Exchange. You need to manually install other prerequisites manually. For more information, see Exchange 2016 prerequisites.

    Click Next to continue.

  10. On the Installation Space and Location page, either accept the default installation location 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.

  11. If this is the first Exchange server in your organization, on the Exchange Organization page, type a name for your Exchange organization. The Exchange organization name can contain only the following characters:

    • A through Z

    • a through z

    • 0 through 9

    • Space (not leading or trailing)

    • Hyphen or dash

      The organization name can't contain more than 64 characters. The organization name can't be blank.

    If you want to use the Active Directory split permissions model, select Apply Active Directory split permission security model to the Exchange organization.

    Most organizations don't need to apply the Active Directory split permissions model. If you need to separate management of Active Directory security principals and Exchange configuration, Role Based Access Control (RBAC) split permissions might work for you. For more information, click ?.

    Click Next to continue.

  12. If you're installing the Mailbox role, on the Malware Protection Settings page, choose whether you want to enable or disable malware scanning. If you disable malware scanning, it can be enabled in the future. Click Next to continue.

  13. On the Readiness Checks page, view the status to determine if the organization and server role prerequisite checks completed successfully. If they haven't completed successfully, you need to resolve any reported errors before you can install Exchange 2016. You don't need to exit Setup when resolving some of the prerequisite errors. After resolving a reported error, click back and then click Next to run the prerequisite check again. Be sure to also review any warnings that are reported. If all readiness checks have completed successfully, click Next to install Exchange 2016.

  14. On the Completion page, click Finish.

  15. Restart the computer after Exchange 2016 has completed.

  16. Complete your deployment by performing the tasks provided in Exchange 2016 post-Installation tasks.

To verify that you've successfully installed Exchange 2016, see Verify an Exchange 2016 installation.

Having problems? Ask for help in the Exchange forums. Visit the forums at: Exchange Server, Exchange Online, or Exchange Online Protection.

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