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Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016, 2nd Edition by Vladimir Meloski, Byron Wright, Brian Svidergol, Clifton Leonard

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Chapter 9Exchange Server 2016 Requirements

When you're planning for your Exchange Server 2016 installation, you need to make sure you have all the necessary prerequisites. As part of your preparation, you need to make sure you have the operating system and Active Directory prerequisites (software versions, patches, updates) and any required permissions. If you are upgrading from a previous version of Exchange Server, you must make sure you are at the right version and service pack for all your existing servers.

In this chapter, we will make sure you are aware of all these requirements so that when you are ready to install Exchange Server 2016, you will breeze through the installation quickly and without interruption.

IN THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • Use the right hardware for your organization
  • Configure Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 to support Exchange Server 2016
  • Confirm that Active Directory is ready
  • Verify that previous versions of Exchange Server can interoperate with Exchange Server 2016

Getting the Right Server Hardware

When you're looking at any manufacturer's hardware specifications, one of the things you can depend on is that the specs will provide the minimum recommendations necessary to run the product. However, Microsoft has learned that recommending a minimum configuration often yields unhappy customers; this is why when Microsoft suggests hardware configurations, you will typically see two: minimum and recommended.

The minimum hardware configuration ...

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