How to implement exchange 2016 on windows server 2016 Part 1


This article will provide the necessary preparation steps and how to install exchange 2016.


  • In diagram, we have 1 modern run PPPoE, 1 Sophos XG Firewall with IP WAN, IP LAN, 1 Server with IP and local computer.
  • Server and local computer also in LAN area.


We will execute on 1 virtual machines running windows server 2016 named DC with the following parameters


  • Domain Name :
  • IP:
  • Subnet Mask :
  • Default Gateway : (This is IP of LAN interface on Sophos XG)
  • DNS : and

Exchange configuration

Domain configuration on DC computer

  • Open File Explorer on TaskBar, right-click on This PC and select Propertise.
  • Continue to click Change Setting on Computer name, domain and workgroup setting.
  • In Computer Name tab, select Change.
  • Computer Name/Domain Change windows appear, fill in ‘mail’ in Computer name box and then click OK.
  • The computer will restart.
  • Right-click on This PC and check name.
  • Continue we will configure domain, to do this we open Server Manager.
  • Select Add roles and features > click Next 3 times > check on box Active Directory Domain Services > click Add Features > click Next 3 times > click Install > click Close to finish configure.
  • Select AD DS on the left side on Server Manager, click More at Configuration required for Active Directory Domain Services at DC.
  • All server task details windows appear, click Promote this server to a domain controller.
  • Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard windows appear, we just need to fill the paremeters for domain to proceed with the installation.
  • In Deployment Configuration section, check Add a new forest and enter the name in the box next to Root domain name.
  • As the example we will fill is and then click Next.
  • In Domain Controller Options, we fill passoword for domain in Password and Confirm Password box and then click Next.(Note : We have to wait a few minutes for this).
  • In DNS Options, we click Next to skip this section.
  • In Additional Options section, we wait a few times to The NetBIOS Domain Name appear we will click Next.
  • Click Next to skip Paths and Review Options section.
  • In Prerequisites Check section, we wait a few times and click Install.
  • We wait a few times and the computer will restart.
  • Right-click on This PC to check.

Revert DNS configuration on DC computer

  • The purpose is to configure the reverse lookup name from IP to Name.
  • Open Server Manager > Tools > DNS, DNS Manager windows will appear.
  • Go to DNS > DC > Reverse Lookup Name, right-click on Reverse Lookup Name > New Zone > Click Next 4 times.
  • In Network ID, enter 172.16.16 and click Next.
  • Select Allow both nonsecure and secure dynamic updates and click Finish to completely install.
  • Open CMD from search box to check DNS.
  • Enter command nslookup and then enter the mail’s IP is và check result.
  • As seen It successfully reversed lookup name from IP address to name.

Firewall configuration allows the use of Exchange-related ports including

List of ports related to Exchange:

  • DNS: 53 (The default has been opened)
  • HTTP/HTTPS: 80/443 (The default has been opened)
  • IMAP4: 143/993
  • POP3: 110/995
  • SMTP: 25/587
  • To configure the firewall to allow the above ports, we enter Windows Firewall on search box and click Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.
  • Right-click Inbound Rules > New Rule. New Inbound Rule Wizard will appear, check Port and click Next.
  • Enter 143, 993 port in box and click Next.
  • Check Allow the connection and click Next.
  • Check Domain, Private and Public, click Next.
  • Enter name and click Finish to Finish.
  • The remaining ports do the same.

Prepare schema properties before installing on DC computer

  • Step 2: Prepare schema with the following command line:
  • Step 3: Prepare AD with the following command line

Step 4: Prepare Domain with the following command

  • As the preparation process is completed

Install Mailbox Server Role

  • Step 1: Install the necessary Roles and Features using the following command.
  • Step 2: Install Media Foundation with the following command.
  • After Prerequisites Check click Install to install Exchange Server.
  • Wait for a period of time, the installation process will complete.


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