Exchange Server 2016 CU3 and later supports installation on Windows Server 2016 for the Mailbox server role. The Edge Transport server role is not supported. The installation process for Exchange on Windows Server 2016 is much the same as installing previous builds of Exchange 2016 on Windows Server:
- Install the Exchange 2016 pre-requisites (note that .NET Framework does not need to be separately installed)
- Run Exchange 2016 setup
After setup is complete the Windows Defender service on the server should be configured with antivirus exclusions for Exchange 2016. The guidance remains the same for now, but Windows Defender has PowerShell cmdlets available that make it easier to configure the exclusions when compared with third party antivirus products.
On a newly installed Windows 2016 server there’s no exclusions configured by default.
PS C:\> Get-MpPreference | Select Exclusion* ExclusionExtension : ExclusionPath : ExclusionProcess :
I’ve updated my Get-Exchange2016AVExclusions.ps1 script with an additional -ConfigureWindowsDefender switch that will add the exclusions to Windows Defender on the local server.
[PS] C:\Scripts\>.\Get-Exchange2016AVExclusions.ps1 -ConfigureWindowsDefender