Exchange 2016: Server 2012 R2 or Server 2016?


  • Are there any advantages or additional features you get with installing Exchange 2016 on Windows 2016 over Windows 2012 R2?  I know there was an IIS issue with Exchange 2016/Windows 2016 for which a hotfix is available.  I am highly considering Windows 2016 instead of 2012 R2 and curious if there are any differences that would benefit Exchange 2016.  Thanks.
    Monday, March 20, 2017 7:26 PM

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  • Hi,

    According to the following official article, we can install exchange 2016 on windows server 2016, but it requires Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 3 or later.

    Exchange Server Supportability Matrix

    As above mentioned, Crashes of the IIS (W3WP.exe) process have been reported causing instability of Exchange Server on Windows Server 2016, the issue has been resolved we need do download KB3206632 for Windows 2016 and install it on Exchange 2016 CU3 in order to resolve the problem of IIS crash after implementing the DAG.

    At last, I have found no related official document to describe special difference about deploying Exchange 2016 on Windows server 2016.

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    David Wang
    TechNet Community Support

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    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:23 AM