Exchange 2016 – preparing Active Directory

As with previous versions of Exchange it is necessary to prepare Active Directory before installation.  This can be done with a few simple steps using an elevated command prompt and a user account that is a member of the Enterprise Admins and Schema Admins groups.

Note: these changes are irreversible so please ensure you have a good working backup of Active Directory before proceeding!

The first step is to update the schema:

Setup.exe /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms


Note: this can take several minutes to complete and will fail if the following prerequisites are not installed:


Next we must prepare Active Directory:

Setup.exe /PrepareAD /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms



Finally we must prepare the domain:

Setup.exe /PrepareDomain /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms


Now the preparation is complete Exchange 2016 can be installed.

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