Exchange Q&A: Deploy Exchange Server Role (1)

1.What coexistence scenarios that Exchange 2019 supported?

Exchange 2010 and earlier versions:

Not supported.

Exchange 2013:

Exchange 2013 CU21 or later on all Exchange 2013 Servers in the organization including Edge Transport Servers.

Exchange 2016:

Exchange 2016 CU11 or later on all Exchange 2016 Servers in the organization including Edge Transport Servers.

Mixed Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2016 organization:

If all Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2016 servers in the organization meet the requirements as previously described.

2.What hybrid deployment scenarios that Exchange 2019 supported?

Hybrid deployments with Office 365 tenants that have been upgraded to the latest version of Office 365.

3.What network and directory server requirements that Exchange 2019 needs?

Domain Controllers:

  • Windows Server 2019 Standard or Datacenter;
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter;
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter.

AD forest level:

Windows Server 2012 R2 or higher.

Noticed that:

  • The Active Directory site where we install the Exchange Server must contain at least one writeable domain controller that’s also a global catalog server;
  • We  can’t install the Exchange server and then remove the domain controller from the Active Directory site.

DNS namespaces that Exchange 2019 supports:

  • Contiguous;
  • Noncontiguous;
  • Single label domains;
  • Disjoint.

IPv6:

Only when IPv4 is also installed and enabled on the Exchange server.

4.What should we noticed when we build architecture for Exchange 2019?

Microsoft didn’t recommend installing Exchange 2019 on Active Directory directory servers.

5.What hardware requirements that Exchange 2019 needs?

Processer:

  • Intel processor that supports Intel 64 architecture;
  • AMD processor that supports the AMD64 platform.

Memory:

  • 128 GB minimum recommended for Mailbox;
  • 64 GB minimum recommended for Edge Transport;
  • Maximum to 256GB.

Paging file size:

Min and max value to the same size that 25% of installed memory.

Diskspace:

  • At least 30 GB free space on the drive where we’re installing Exchange;
  • At least 200 MB of free space on the system drive;
  • At least 500 MB of free space on the drive that contains the message queue database.

Screen resolution:

1024*768 pixels or higher.

File system:

NTFS:

Required on partitions that contain the following types of files:

  • The System partition;
  • Exchange binaries;
  • Files generated by Exchange diagnostic logging;
  • Transport database files.

ReFS:

Supported on partitions that contain the following types of Exchange files:

  • Mailbox databases;
  • Transaction logs.

6.What operating systems that Exchange 2019 supported:

Mailbox and Edge Transport Server Roles:

Windows Server 2019 Standard or Datacenter.

Management tools:

  • Windows Server 2019 Standard or Datacenter;
  • 64-Bit Edition of Windows 10.

Noticed that:

  • Supported Windows Server Core but not supported Nano Server;
  • Don’t install stand-alone downloads of WMF or PowerShell on Exchange Servers;
  • Microsoft don’t support installing Office client or server on Exchange Servers.

7.Which version of .NET Framework that Exchange 2019 needs?

  • Microsoft strong recommend that use the latest version of the .NET Framework that’s supported by the release of Exchange we’re installing;
  • If not the latest, at least .NET Framework 4.7.2.

8.Which clients that supported Exchange 2019?

  • Outlook 2013;
  • Outlook 2016;
  • Outlook 2019;
  • Office 365 ProPlus;
  • Outlook 2016 for Mac;
  • Outlook for Mac for Office 365.

9.Which version of Lync/Skype for Business Server was needed if it work together with Exchange 2019?

  • Lync Server 2013 CU10 or later;
  • Skype for Business Server CU7 or later.

10.What coexistence scenarios that Exchange 2016 supported?

Exchange 2007 and earlier versions:

Not supported.

Exchange 2010:

UR11 for Exchange 2010 SP3 or later on all Exchange Servers in the Organization including Edge Transport Servers.

Exchange 2013:

Exchange 2013 CU10 or later on all Exchange 2013 Servers in the organization including Edge Transport Servers.

Mixed Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 organization:

  • UR11 Exchange 2010 SP3 or later on all Exchange 2013 Servers in the organization including Edge Transport Servers;
  • Exchange 2013 CU10 or later on all Exchange 2013 servers in the organization including Edge Transport Servers.

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