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How to install Exchange 2016 (CU3 and beyond) on Windows Server 2016

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In this blog post we’ll look at how to install the latest version of Exchange 2016 on Windows Server 2016. At the time of writing the current version of Exchange 2016 is CU3.

When Exchange 2016 was first released it wasn’t possible to install it on the Windows Server 2016 Technical Previews due to some missing features in the OS that it relies upon, but now Windows Server 2016 has been released to manufacturing, installation of Exchange 2016 on WIndows Server 2016 is supported.

The demo environment I am using includes a Windows Server 2016 domain controller that is running at the Windows 2016 forest and domain level, and a Windows Server 2016 member server.

In the demo environment no previous versions of Exchange have been installed so as part of the installation the Exchange 2016 we will upgrade the AD Schema.

Finally before we start, always test in a demo environment before deploying in Production!

I hope this walk through helps.

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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: How to configure virtual directories (Part 10)

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In part 10 of this mini-series, I’ll look at how to configure the virtual directories used by Exchange 2013. We’ll need to configure these to match the FQDNs we request on our SSL certificate.

It’s assumed that split-brain DNS will be setup for the configuration to work. The essenace of split-brain DNS is that your external domain name is also configured on your internal DNS servers, but the A records on the internal DNS server point to the internal IP address of the server whereas the domain name configured on your external DNS servers point to the external IP address of your server. So whether a client is internal or external the FQDN will always resolve to the correct IP address.

We’ll be configuring the following services:

  • Autodiscover
  • Exchange Admin  Center (ecp)
  • Outlook Web App (owa)
  • Exchange Web Services (EWS)
  • Active Sync
  • Offline Address Book (OAB)
  • Outlook Anywhere

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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: How to change the FQDN on the Default Frontend receive connector (Part 9)

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In part 9 of this mini-series, I’ll look at how to configure the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of the Default Frontend receive connector in Exchange 2013.

Firstly a warning: Don’t modify the FQDN value on the default Receive connector Default that’s automatically created on Mailbox servers. If you have multiple Mailbox servers in your Exchange organization and you change the FQDN value on the Default Receive connector, internal mail flow between Mailbox servers fails.

In a single Mailbox server environment to change the Default Frontend receive connector FQDN follow the steps below.

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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: How to configure a Postmaster address (part 8)

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In this post I’ll look at how to configure a postmaster address for our Exchange Organisation.

The postmaster address is used for non-delivery reports (NDRs) sent to recipients outside of your Exchange Organisation and is specified in RFC 2821.

In Exchange 2013 the external postmaster address is blank by default. This has the effect of the external postmaster address being postmaster@YourDefaultAcceptedDomain.

It can be useful to create a postmaster mailbox, or assign the email address to an admin mailbox so that recipients can reply to NDR messages for assistance. Anyone who is familiar with NDRs will appreciate they are far more useful to admins than they are to end users! The downside of this though is as it’s a well known address it can be open to abuse and spam.

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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Enter product key (part 7)

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This will be a quick post and one of the easiest steps in setting up your Exchange environment. In this seventh part of the series I’ll look at where to enter the product key for Exchange 2013.

Unless you deploy lots of Exchange 2013 servers, licensing an Exchange 2013 server may be something you only do once so here’s a quick guide on applying the license key in the Exchange admin center and via the Exchange Management Shell.

Once the license is applied you’ll need to restart the Information Store.

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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings

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Following on from a previous post on How to install Exchange 2013  SP1, in this multi-part series I’ll look at the initial configuration steps to get Exchange 2013 sending and receiving emails.

The demo environment I am using includes a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controller and a single Windows Server 2012 R2 member server running Exchange 2013 installed using the instructions in the link above.

In the demo environment no previous versions of Exchange have been installed so we are setting up everything from scratch.

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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Setting SMTP accepted domains (part1)

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Following on from previous posts on How to install Exchange 2013  SP1 and Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings, in this first part of a series of posts I’ll look at setting the SMTP accepted domain.

By default when you install Exchange 2013 the default accepted domain will be the fully qualified domain name of the Active Directory domain you installed the server into.

In my demo environment the AD domain is ad.oxfordsbsguy.com, so the default accepted domain is ad.oxfordsbsguy.com. Obviously we want to remove the ad part of the address to hide the internal ad structure and make the actual email address more useable, so let’s look at adding another accepted domain.

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