Main portal: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/fp179701
Main Technet how-to: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124558%28v=exchg.150%29.aspx
Topology best practice (after SP1 of Exch 2013):
internet —– FW —– edge server (dmz / in a wkg) —– FW —– hwlb – CAS servers —– MBX servers — FW — AD / PKI servers
Exchange installation prerequisites:
For Exchange 2016: http://www.itprocentral.com/exchange-server-2016-prerequisites/
Exchange 2016 step by steps: https://judeperera.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/step-by-step-guide-for-installing-exchange-server-2016-preview/
Exchange and certificates:
public or internal PKI server certificates only on CAS servers, follow the recommendations here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2014/03/19/certificate-planning-in-exchange-2013.aspx
also the client computers are joined to the AD domain and have also a computer certificate.
Exchange and Firewalls:
Deployment assistant for Exchange:
HP sizer for Exchange 2013:http://h71019.www7.hp.com/ActiveAnswers/cache/70255-0-0-225-121.html
How to dedicate DC to Exchange? and It is recommended to exclude the DC PDC server.
Test connectivity: https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com/
ExLogAnalyzer to the rescue:http://blogs.technet.com/b/mspfe/archive/2013/12/04/dude-what-s-flowing-in-my-exchange-environment.aspx
With Outlook 2013 installed; CTRL+ right-click Outlook icon on the taskbar; then Check Outlook Connectivity and Test Messaging configuration
When implementing a storage solution for Exchange, an easily overlooked step is the evaluation of storage after it has been put in place to determine a baseline for that storage. Microsoft makes tools to enable this testing. Jetstress and LoadGen available for Exchange 2010/2013 can be used to test storage or Exchange overall and establish a baseline for future comparison.
Jetstress 2013: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36849