This is not one of my ordinary posts, I just want to share the clean install experience of Microsoft Exchange 2016 on a Windows Server 16 TP3 for those who want to set a lab and practice. For my lab I used a Windows Server 16 TP3 promoted to Domain Controller, Domain mylab.lab and DNS.
Exchange Setup, since 2013, allows us to select if we want the setup wizard to enable all required Windows Roles & Features automatically. The only prerequisite is to install the Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime from: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=260990
The Microsoft Exchange 2016 installation can be downloaded from: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49161
Next we can start the Microsoft Exchange 2016 setup, using the setup.exe at the installation media.
Name the Exchange Organization or leave it default. If you want to split the premissions between Active Directory and Exchange Organization select the “Apply Active Directory split permissions security model to the Exchange organization”. If Active Directory and Exchange have the same Administrators then leave it default (unchecked) and press next
The Exchange Setup is completed. Below are the minimum steps to start sending emails.
Now we are ready to send our first email. We can open OWA with the administrator account and send an email to the outside world. Probably it will be delivered to the spam/junk folder of the receipient 🙂
One final step to enable our Exchange to receive emails from the outer world we need to configure the default receive connector.
Of cource we need to add a Port Forwarding rule to the external firewall for the ports 25 and 443 to the Exchange Server’s internal IP.
Now we have a fully functional Microsoft Exchange 2016 server that sends and receives emails.
Pantelis Apostolidis is a Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft and an ex Microsoft Azure MVP. For the last 15 years, Pantelis has been involved to major cloud projects in Greece and abroad, helping companies to adopt and deploy cloud technologies, driving business value. He is entitled to a lot of Microsoft Expert Certifications, demonstrating his proven experience in delivering high quality solutions. He is an author, blogger and he is acting as a spokesperson for conferences, workshops and webinars. He is also an active member of several communities as a moderator in azureheads.gr and autoexec.gr. Follow him on Twitter @papostolidis.