Basic question regarding Exchange 2016 installation

Simple question regarding Exchange 2016. Do you still need to manually prep the domain and extend the schema and such, or does the install wizard for Exchange do all that for you now? I've tested it in a lab multiple times,  and in a green field environment where it's the only exchange server in the forest things seem to work fine without the manual steps of the past. Just curious what best practices are at this point, and why you would or wouldn't need to do these things. Thanks for any help in advance.
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IvanSystem EngineerCommented:

wizard can do that for you, as long as you run installation with user who is member of admin groups (domain and schema).
I do usually run it manually, just so that i can see if each command has run with no error. Easier that to browse logs :)


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Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
I tend to do the schema and domain prep in advance. I depends on your AD infrastructure, if you have many AD DC servers, you may want to make sure the Ad changes have applied ok and replicated before installing your first Exchange server.
bjones306Author Commented:
Thanks guys. I just wanted to make sure there weren't any steps missing that were going to turn up as gotcha's later if you went the automated exchange installation route. It does make sense to have a manual check throughout the process though, and I could definitely see the benefits in a large environment with multiple DC's and replication.
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