Part 6 – Install and Configure Exchange Server 2019

Introduction

In part 5 of this blog post series, we have successfully renamed the default database of Exchange Server 2019. In part 6 of this blog post series, we will continue with remaining post installation tasks of Exchange server 2019. We will start with product license activation and move forward with certificate installation, virtual directory configuration and other post installation tasks.

Activate Exchange Server 2019

A product key tells Exchange Server 2019 that you have purchased a Standard or Enterprise Edition license.

Enterprise Edition let you mount more than five databases per server in addition to everything that’s available with a Standard Edition license. If you want to read more about Exchange licensing, see Exchange Server editions and versions.

If you don’t enter a product key, your server is automatically licensed as a trial edition. The trial edition has Exchange Standard Edition server features and is helpful if you want to try out Exchange before you buy it, or to run tests in a lab.

Exchange Server 2019 edition trial edition is valid for up to 180 days. If you want to keep using the server beyond 180 days, you’ll need to enter a product key or the Exchange admin center (EAC) will start to show reminders that you need to enter a product key to license the server.

Exchange Server 2019 product key can be entered by using Exchange Admin Center (GUI) or by using Exchange Management Shell. You can use either of these options to enter your Exchange Server product key. Once you enter the product key, you need to restart Information Store service.

Option 1 – Enter the Product key using GUI

To enter Exchange Server 2019 product key using Exchange Admin Center, Follow the below steps:

  • In the Exchange Admin Center, Navigate to Servers > Servers, select the server you want to license, and then click Edit or Click Enter Product Key option in details pane.

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  • The Exchange server properties window opens. On the General tab, enter the product key in the Enter a valid product key text box.

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  • When you’re finished, click Save. You will see the following message to restart your Exchange Information Store service.

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After you license a mailbox server, do the following steps to restart the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service:

  • On the Exchange server, open the Windows Services console. Open Server Manager, and then click Tools > Services.

You can also launch services snap in by running the command services.msc from the Run dialog, a Command Prompt window, or the Exchange Management Shell.

  • In the list of services, right-click on Microsoft Exchange Information Store, and then click Restart.

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Once you restart the service, Your Exchange Server 2019 product is activated.

Option 2 – Enter the Product key using Exchange Management Shell

Exchange Server 2019 can product key can be activated with Exchange Management Shell. To enter the product key in the Exchange Management Shell, use this syntax:

Set-ExchangeServer <ServerName> -ProductKey <Enter Product Key>

Note that this command works to license an unlicensed server or to upgrade a licensed server from a Standard Edition license to an Enterprise Edition license.

This example license the Exchange server named EXCH01.

Set-ExchangeServer EXCH01 -ProductKey 12345-67890-12345-67892-09876

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Once the product key is activated, run the following comdlet to restart Exchange Information Store service.

Restart-Service MSExchangeIS

Part 6 - Install and Configure Exchange Server 2019For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-ExchangeServer.

Conclusion

In this blog post, we have successfully activated product key for Exchange Server 2019. With the activation of Exchange server, we do not have trial concern for 180 days. In next blog post we will go through next steps of Exchange post installation that includes Virtual directory configuration, certificate and other related services.