Sunday , January 22 2017

Minimum System Requirements and Forest Functional Level for Exchange Server 2016

Just one block – One Role

Exchange 2016 Prerequisites – 

Supported Forest Functional Level for Exchange Server 2016 –

  • Active Directory must be at Windows Server 2008 forest functionality mode or higher.

Minimum Operation System Requirements-

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter

Minimum Memory Requirement (RAM) –

  • Mailbox Server 8GB minimum
  • Edge Transport Server 4GB minimum

NOTE — Client Access Role is removed in Exchange Server 2016

Minimum Client Requirements –

  • Outlook 2016
  • Outlook 2013
  • Outlook 2010 SP1 with KB2965295
  • Outlook for Mac 2011
  • Outlook for Mac for Office 365

Minimum Requirement for Exchange 2016 Coexistence –

  • Removing Exchange 2007 Completely From the Environment.
  • Exchange 2010 Sp3 with Updated Rollup 9 – Including Edge Transport Servers.
  • Exchange 2013 Sp1 with Cumulative Update 8 – Including Edge Transport Servers

Fulfilling the above requirement – Exchange 2016 can coexist

Virtualization Support –

  • Deployment on Microsoft Azure virtual machines is supported (All Storage volumes for Exchange databases/transaction logs/transport databases should use Azure Premium Storage.)
  • Any Version of Hyper-V
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 Update 2 or Higher
  • To see other Supported Virtualization Products

Not Supported Scenarios –

1. Coexistence with Exchange 2007

2 .Outlook 2003/Outlook 2007 Clients are not Supported

3. Changing the Role of Window Server 2012/2012 R2 from a member server to a directory server, or vice versa, Where Exchange 2016 is already installed

4. Exchange Server 2016 running in Windows Server Core mode is not supported


Useful links –

To Test in Non-Production Environments –

Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 CU3
Installing Exchange 2016 on Windows Server 2012 R2

About Satheshwaran Manoharan

Satheshwaran Manoharan is an Microsoft Exchange Server MVP , Publisher of Supporting/Deploying/Designing Microsoft Exchange for some years. Extensive experience on Microsoft Technologies.

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  1. can you see any reasons why microsft Exchange team do not support windows mode core ?
    as EMC does not exist anymore in ex2013 and 2016. the only thing needeed is http EAC…available by dns resolution everywhere (internally) in your organisation.

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