Exchange Q&A: Deploy Exchange Server Role (2)

1.What hybrid deployment scenarios that Exchange 2016 supported?

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

2.What network and directory server requirements that Exchange 2016 needs?

Domain Controllers:

  • Windows Server 2019 Standard or Datacenter;
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter;
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter;
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter;
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard or Enterprise;
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter RTM or later.

AD forest level:

Windows Server 2008 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 2016 supports:

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

IPv6:

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

3.What should we noticed when we build architecture for Exchange 2016?

Microsoft didn’t recommend installing Exchange 2016 on Active Directory directory servers.

4.What hardware requirements that Exchange 2016 needs?

Processer:

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

Memory:

  • 8 GB minimum for Mailbox;
  • 4 GB minimum for Edge Transport.

Paging file size:

  • Physical RAM plus 10MB, up to the max value of 32GB if less than 32GB of RAM installed;
  • 32 GB if 32GB of RAM or more installed.

Diskspace:

  • At least 30 GB free space on the drive where we’re installing Exchange, plus 500MB for each language pack if install UM;
  • 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.

Drive:

DVD Drive (virtual also right), local or network accessible.

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;
  • Content indexing files.

5.What operating systems that Exchange 2016 supported:

Note:

Microsoft don’t support install Exchange 2016 on Windows Server Core or Nano Server. If install it on Windows Server Core, run the following command to install the Desktop Experience:

Windows Server 2012/2012 R2:

Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra,Server-Gui-Shell -Restart

Windows Server 2016:

Install Windows Server 2016 and choose the Desktop Experience installation option. If Windows Server Core already running, reinstall OS and choose the Desktop Experience during installation.

Mailbox and Edge Transport Server Roles:

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter CU3 or later;
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter;
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter.

Management tools:

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter CU3 or later;
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter;
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter;
  • 64-Bit Edition of Windows 10;
  • 64-Bit Edition of Windows 8.1. 

6.Which version of Windows Management Framework that Exchange 2016 supported?

The version of Windows Management Framework that’s built in to the release of Windows that we’re installing Exchange on.

7.Did Microsoft support installing other software on Exchange Servers?

Only support the software that designed to run on the same computer as Exchange Server, didn’t support installing Office Clients Server on Exchange Server. 

8.Which version of .NET Framework that Exchange 2016 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, see the table below:

Exchange 2016 CU13:

  • .Net Framework 4.7.2;
  • .Net Framework 4.8.

Exchange 2016 CU11/CU12:

  • .Net Framework 4.7.1;
  • .Net Framework 4.7.2.

Exchange 2016 CU10:

.Net Framework 4.7.1.

Exchange 2016 CU8/CU9:

  • .Net Framework 4.7.1;
  • .Net Framework 4.6.2.

Exchange 2016 CU5/CU6/CU7:

.Net Framework 4.6.2.

9.Which clients that supported Exchange 2016?

  • Outlook 2010 SP2;
  • Outlook 2013;
  • Outlook 2016;
  • Outlook 2019;
  • Office 365 ProPlus;
  • Outlook 2016 for Mac;
  • Outlook for Mac for Office 365.

10.Which software are needed before preparing Active Directory?

  • .Net Framework 4.7.2 or later;
  • Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2012;
  • Remote Tools Administration Pack.

Still have questions? Click here to view Microsoft’s official documentation on Exchange.

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