Step by Step Journey to Migration Exchange 2010 sp3 to Exchange Server 2016 Part-I

LAB Summary

I have setup this LAB on VMWare work station 12.0. The whole lab is running on ThinkPad W541 with 32 GB of RAM and Intel(R) i7-4930MX CPU @ 3.00 GHZ, with 1 TB SSD Samsung.

VMs IP & Names

I am going to start the migration process from scratch because I don’t have pre-setup for this migration so I will start the lab from building a Domain Controller in Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, on the same OS I will install Exchange Server 2010 SP3. In the second part of the Guide I will further install Domain Controller on Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition, on the same OS I will install Exchange Server 2016.

You can simply follow the steps for both who have already running this environment or for those who wanted to setup the same environment before doing migration on actual site.

Let’s have a look on first Domain Controller properties and start building Domain on Windows Server 2008.

Note: – I am using very less memory on each VM because I am using SSD drive in my Laptop which has high IOPS (Input/output operations per second.

Adding Server Roles Required for DC

Select Active Directory Domain Services

A popup windows will appear for adding required features.

Click Next to continue

Click on Install

Installation Progress

After Successful Installation Click Close

DC Promo Installation

From Run Type Dcpromo & Hit Enter

A Small Windows popup for Checking AD Services

Select Advance option and Click on Next to continue

Click on Next and Continue

Click on Create a new domain in a new forest and Click on Next

You can see the progress windows for verifying NetBIOS name

Click Next with default NetBIOS name

Select Forest Functional Level as per your environment

Select DNS Server option and Click on Next

Click YES to continue

Click Next with default options

Provide password for AD restoration

Read the configurations and Click on Next

Progress windows of active directory installation wizard

Active Direction installation is successfully done at this point, server will take a reboot and give you logon screen with domain name.

Logon to your Domain with administrative credentials

From Administrative Tools, you can see the Active Directory components are installed

Correct your Preferred DNS Server

Configuring Revers Lookup Zone


Right click on Reverse Lookup Zone and click on New zone

Click Next to continue

Click Next with default options selected

Select the option as per your environment

Select IPv4 for Revers Lookup Zone

Provide your Network ID

Select first option and click on Next

Click Finish

Click on New Pointer (PTR)

Click Browse to select A record

Select A record of your DC

Click OK

Launch NSLOOK to verify name resolution

DNS Results with NSLOOKUP

As you can see the results of DNS is OK. Name resolution is successfully from name to IP and IP to name.
Let’s start preparing & installing Exchange Server 2010 SP3 in Part-II of this series.

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