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Exchange Servger 2016 on Windows Server 2016 Essential

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Dear Experts,

I had this question after viewing Windows Server 2016 Essentials with Exchange 2016. Is it feasible solution?.

Does Exchange Server 2016 Standard actually install on Windows Server 2016 Essential?
I just realized that the server I purchased with MS Exchange Server 2016 Standard from Dell came with Essential.
If it does not install, is there a way to upgrade to Windows Server 2016 Standard from Essential?
I know I should have looked at the configuration more carefully, but I stupidly assumed that the Dell rep who was selling me the server and software understood the compatibility.

Please advise.
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SaberSupport Escalation Engineer
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Does not appear that Windows 2016 Essentials is supported by Exchange 2016.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719(v=exchg.160).aspx

Mailbox and Edge Transport server roles
      

    Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter*


    Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter

    Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
David Johnson, CDSimple Geek from the '70s
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Commented:
You can change versions easily

DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition

I believe that <Edition ID> should be the new edition i.e. serverstandard vs serveressential
DISM /online /Set-Edition:<edition ID> /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula,
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yballanSystem Administrator

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Thank you, Lee W.  that was extremely helpful.
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