Exchange Server 2016 requires that you have specific software preinstalled prior to starting the deployment process. First, you should plan for the operating system platforms that you will be using for Exchange Server 2016. The following operating systems support the installation of Exchange Server 2016 roles:
- Windows Server 2012 Standard
- Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
- Windows Server 2016 Standard (Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 3 and later)
- Windows Server 2016 Datacenter (Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 3 and later)
Note: The Server Core installation option is not a supported operating system option for Exchange Server 2016 installation.
Depending on which Exchange Server role you install, you can install different Windows Server operating system components on a server. However, you do not need to install these roles and features prior to Exchange Server installation because the installation process can install the necessary roles and features automatically.
Note: If you choose to install Windows Server roles and features during the Exchange Server setup process, you might be required to restart the server before Exchange Server starts installation. This is expected behavior.
However, you should install some additional components manually. These components, which you can download for free from Microsoft, include:
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2.
- Windows Management Framework 4.0 or later.
- Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for AD DS, which can be installed with Server Manager.
- Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit.
You also should ensure that the Task Scheduler service is enabled and running on the server where you plan to install Exchange Server 2016.