Capstone Project

Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
What’s Microsoft Exchange Server?
Exchange Server is a service provider emails between two points or more. This is the simple way to say it.
“Exchange is a popular Microsoft messaging system that includes a mail server, an e-mail program (e-mail client), and groupware applications. Designed for use in a business setting, the Exchange server is often used in conjunction with Microsoft Outlook to take advantage of Outlook’s collaborative features, such as the ability to share calendars and contact lists.”

Why Use Microsoft Exchange Server?

“Because emails are the best way to communicate any where any time.“Most small and mid-sized businesses are using email as a primary communication channel
with customers, colleagues and suppliers. But many of these companies stop there,missing out on productivity-boosting features like shared calendars, contact information and files. 
Basically, Exchange is a computer server that stores your company’s email, calendars, address books and files centrally, so they are available 24×7 and can be shared among
your team, if you wish.”

When Use Microsoft Exchange Server?

When you need the best way to connect emails, contacts and calendars together. 

Exchange 2016 system requirements:

First Software:
  • Domain controllers.
    • 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.
    • Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter.
  • Active Directory. 
    • Windows Server 2008 or higher.
  • DNS.
    • Contiguous.
    • Noncontiguous.
    • Single label domains.
    • Disjoint.
  • IPv6 support.
    • Exchange 2016, IPv6 is supported only when IPv4 is also installed and enabled. If Exchange 2016 is deployed in this configuration, and the network supports IPv4 and IPv6, all Exchange servers can send data to and receive data from devices, servers, and clients that use IPv6 addresses.
Second Hardware:
  • Processor.
    • x64 architecture-based computer with Intel processor that supports Intel 64 architecture (formerly known as Intel EM64T).
    • AMD processor that supports the AMD64 platform.
    • Intel Itanium IA64 processors not supported.
  • Memory.  Depending on Exchange roles:
    • Mailbox   8GB minimum.

    • Edge Transport   4GB minimum.

  • Paging file size.
    • The page file size minimum and maximum must be set to physical RAM plus 10MB, to a maximum size of 32,778MB (32GB) if you’re using more than 32GB of RAM.
  • Disk space.
    • At least 30 GB on the drive on which you install Exchange.
    • An additional 500 MB of available disk space for each Unified Messaging (UM) language pack that you plan to install.
    • 200 MB of available disk space on the system drive.
    • A hard disk that stores the message queue database on with at least 500 MB of free space.
  • Drive.
    • DVD-ROM drive, local or network accessible.
  • Screen resolution.
    • 1024 x 768 pixels or higher.
  • File format.
    • Disk partitions formatted as NTFS file systems, which applies to the following partitions:
      • System partition
      • Partitions that store Exchange binary files or files generated by Exchange diagnostic logging
      • Database files, such as mailbox and transport databases
    • Disk partitions containing only the following types of files can optionally be formatted as ReFS:
      • Partitions containing transaction log files
      • Partitions containing mailbox database files
      • Partitions containing content indexing files
How to Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2016.
    First, I would like to explain what is my lab environment are.
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This is my lab environment look like. let’s start the process.
Server One.
  • First, I have to create Server one which is Bobcat and Install Windows Server 2016.
  • After finish installing Windows Server 2016, I have to Add Active Directory and DNS to the server. Make sure everything is going correct!
  • To install Windows Exchange Server 2016, I have to get the Setup file included the Exchange Folder form Microsoft’s Website.
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  • After the folder downloaded in the location I wanted to download, I open the folder and go to Setup file.
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  • Right now is the regular MS setup. Check for Updates or Not 



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and Next.


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Downloading the updates and Next.
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Initializing Setup.


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Introduction. and Next


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Of course License Agreement MS. 


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Did you read? Oh Yeah. and Next.
I Chose Recommended Settings Because I trust MS.



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Server Role Selection. and Next 



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Installation Space and Location.


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Exchange Organization.



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Malware Protection Settings and Next.


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Readiness Checks.


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And. Fails (I love MS) Do you?


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I have two Errors, the first one is:


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Let’s fix the error, I need to download


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Since I am using WS2016, I can’t Download the file unless allowed the file download for IE.


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Finally ….


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    Open the file and run it.



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    And Finally…. 


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And Finish. The first error is done.
     The second error is:



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Means I have the wrong Exchange file, so I have to go and download the right Windows Exchange Server. (Thank You MS)


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Oh Yeah, Thank You

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This is the ISO file for the Windows Exchange Server.




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Double clicks and redo the process from the binning.     






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Readiness Checks again.


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You should get like this No ERRORS and Install.



The Installation about 15 steps.




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And Congratulations….. and Reboot.



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Next Step after reboot. Setup the Exchange Admin Center.


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 and Save .

First, I have to add the users I created, by going to Recipients Mailboxes and + add.  Exchange Control Panel



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As you can see.

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and we have Permissions. starts with Admin roles.


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And User roles.


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And the most important Outlook Web App policies.


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Compliance Management has in-place eDiscovery & hold.


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Data loss Prevention.


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Retention Policies.


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Retention Policies.


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Journal roles.


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Also, we have Organization tabs. Sharing.


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Address lists.


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The Protection part is important too because you know the lovely users. Malware Filter.



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Mail Flow and how you want to do it for the business. First Rules.



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Delivery reports.


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Accepted Domains.


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Email Address Policies.


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Receive Connectors.


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Send Connectors.



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Mobile. you can Control and monitor Mobile devices. 


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and mailbox Policies.


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Public Folders.


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and the mailbox public folder.


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Unified Messaging. UM dial plans.


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UM IP gateways.


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Database availability groups.


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Virtual Directories.


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And finally we have tools.


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If the Admin want to check email you have to go to localhost/owa.

owa means Outlook Web App.


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The Admin Mailbox Interface. 


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Plus you get Calendar, people and Task.


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let us go to Server Two (Tigger).
 Server Two
  • First, I have to create Server two which is Tigger and Install Windows Server 2016.
  • After finish installing Windows Server 2016, I have to Add Hyper-V server.
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  • Finishing Hyper-v, create three VMs 
    • Test 1 Windows 10 Eva 
    • Test 2 Windows 7 Pro
    • Test 3 Windows 10 Eva
  • Join the tree VMs to the Domain Controller (Project.local) and make them Client machine so Glenn, Howard and Wendy can use them.
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  • Download Office 365 on Client machines and run Outlook.


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  • Next step setup Outlook for each user.


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 Next >
Yes and Next.


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It will Auto setup for you (I Love MS )


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view the certification or click yes. 

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Searching for the account.


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 Checked… Checked


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Add the user’s email.

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Sounds good and Done.

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Open Outlook.
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Enjoy sending and receiving emails.



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Thank you.. And I hope you like it. 

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