Exchange 2019 on Windows Server Core

Microsoft announced the preview build of Exchange 2019 on July 24, 2018. Yes…No one is talking about on-premise solutions anymore. And yes, Gartner predicts that traditional data centers we all love and manage are likely to disappear in 2025 (See here for more). All that because the Cloud is winning the war slowly but surely over any on-premise technology. Even Microsoft, while announcing Exchange Server 2019 Public Preview, empathize about the fact that Office 365 delivers the best and most effective experience compared to the on-premise Exchange.

While this news seems trivial, compared to the trendy new Cloud features announced out there for Office 365, one thing pushed me to try Exchange 2019: the possibility to install it on Windows Server Core. Frankly speaking, I also felt nostalgic about the idea of deploying Exchange from scratch and trying the DIY sort of thing that we used to do while deploying on-premise technologies.

In this short blog series, we will install Exchange 2019 Public Preview on Windows Server Core, try to get used of its interface and do some mail flow testing. Like its old brothers, Exchange 2019 also needs a functional Active Directory environment to be operative, so we’ll go ahead and get this prerequisite ready by installing Active Directory on a Windows Server 2016 box before proceeding with the actual Exchange installation.

Consequently, we will have two servers in our lab. An AD Domain Controller and a functional Exchange Server 2019. As both these servers will be on top of two Windows Server 2016 Core, I will use a Windows 10 machine to access them remotely once all the postpone configuration is done. Here is an overview of we will have.

Server OS IP Use
DC2K16 Windows Server 2016 Core 192.168.16.21/24 Active Directory Domain Services 2016
EXCH2K19 Windows Server 2016 Core 192.168.16.22/24 Exchange Server 2019
WIN10 Windows 10 192.168.16.111/24 Client PC for management purpose

 

Note that this build of Exchange 2019 is not intended to be deployed in production yet. This is the Public Preview edition and is not supported by Microsoft for production environment.

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