Looking to move away from Exchange 2010/2013 to 2016 here is what required to get started.

Requirements:

Operating System for Exchange 2016:

Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter* Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter.

Caution:

When installing Exchange 2016, ensure the DVD Drive is on E:\ and not on D:\. Hard coded in the install for Exchange 2016 installs Health System Log folders on the D:\ and this cannot be changed. Found results of doing this incorrectly can cause search and health issues on the Exchange.

Exchange Builds:

Exchange 2007 and earlier versions Not supported
Exchange 2010 Supported with Update Rollup 11 for Exchange 2010 SP3 or later on all Exchange 2010 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
Exchange 2013 Supported with Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 10 or later on all Exchange 2013 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
Mixed Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 organization Supported with the following minimum versions of Exchange:

  • Update Rollup 11 Exchange 2010 SP3 or later on all Exchange 2010 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.
  • Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 10 or later on all Exchange 2013 servers in the organization, including Edge Transport servers.

 

Network and Active Directory Services:

Domain controllers All domain controllers in the forest need to be running one of the following:

  • 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 forest The Active Directory forest functionality level needs to be at Windows Server 2008 or higher.
DNS namespace support Exchange 2016 supports the following domain name system (DNS) namespaces:

  • Contiguous
  • Noncontiguous
  • Single label domains
  • Disjoint

For more information about DNS namespaces supported by Exchange, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2269838, Microsoft Exchange compatibility with Single Label Domains, Disjoined Namespaces, and Discontiguous Namespaces.

IPv6 support In 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. For more information, see IPv6 support in Exchange 2013.

 

 

Outlook Client Versions:

Exchange 2016 and Exchange Online support the following versions of Outlook:

  • Outlook 2016
  • Outlook 2013
  • Outlook 2010 with KB2965295
  • Outlook for Mac for Office 365
  • Outlook for Mac 2011

I will be posting about CU Versions and other details soon. Stay tuned.

 

Cheers

 

Warwick