How to deploy Exchange Server 2016

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In this Tutorial, we are going over the entire process to deploy Exchange Server 2016 server into an existing organization using the graphical user interface.


The first step is to install the prerequisites required by the Exchange Server 2016 deployment process, and we covered all of those on this following Tutorial:

There are two ways to deploy Exchange Serve 2016, using command-line or the graphical user interface. In this Tutorial, we are going to use the graphical user interface, and to start it, right-click on the setup.exe file located on the main folder of the Exchange Server 2016 installation bits and run as administrator.


In the first page, we can check for updates. Click Next.


In the Downloading Updates page. A list of all available updates will be listed (if there is any), click Next.


In the Introduction page. It is just a welcome page, click Next.


In the License Agreement page. If we are okay with the license agreement, just click on I accept the terms in the license agreement and then click Next.


In the Recommended Settings page. Let’s leave default settings where our server will check online solutions for any error and it will report usage feedback to improve the next generation of the product. Click Next.


In the Server Role Selection page. Here is one of the first changes that the administrator can check out, now we have only 2 roles (Mailbox and Edge) and the Client Access role is not listed anymore due the change in the architecture of the product on this new version.

Since this server is going to part of an existent organization, we will select the Mailbox role, and we will select the option Automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange Server, click Next.


In the Installation Space and Location page. By default, the installation folder is C:Program FileMicrosoftExchange ServerV15 and we will leave those default values. Click Next.
Note: During a Recover Server operation, it is always easier to restore when using the default path. If your organization uses a different standard, make sure that the drive where you are going to install is well documented for Disaster Recover purposes


In the Malware Protection Settings page. This is a feature introduced in Exchange Server 2013 and by default is enabled, we can always go back and disable afterwards. Let’s leave default settings which is No and then click Next.


In the Readiness Checks page. As long as we don’t have any critical item being listed, the setup can continue. In the image below, the setup validated that there is no Exchange Server 2010 in the organization, and after the introduction of Exchange Server 2016 we will not be able to add that version, the other item was the MAPI over HTTP is not currently enabled. So far so good, click on install.


In the Setup Completed page. Here we have the final page of the wizard, and if your installation was successful then the result should be similar to the image below. Click on Finish.



After the setup completion, we can always open Exchange Management Shell and check the status of the Service health, the following cmdlet can be used:



Since we are deploying the brand new Exchange Server 2016, we can run the cmdlet Get-Exchangeserver | select Name,Admin*, and that will retrieve the version which is 15.1 (Build 225.42) for the RTM version.


Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian Exchange Server MVP and MCSM (Solutions Master) and he contributes to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor at, and (Portuguese).