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We are extending our domain to a data center that will house Exchange.  Our initial design is to create a VPN and have THREE servers total.  Server1 will be a domain controller and global catalog server, Server2 will be an Exchange front-end box with GFI MailEssentials, and Server3 will be an Exchange back-end server.  We will NAT a public IP to the front-end server for HTTP, HTTPS, SMTP, RPC over HTTP, etc...

One random thought I had was the possibility of installing the front-end server(Server2) as a virtual server on Server1 to save hardware costs.  Plus, since it is on the front lines, we can save an image as a backup and reload it quickly if an issue arises.  I look forward to your insight...
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Microsoft do not support virtual servers for Exchange, so you can knock that one on the head.
It isn't something that I would consider doing. The load on a frontend can be quite high, but different to a backend. I would stick to the original plan of three servers.

Simon.
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Sounds good, thanks for the info.
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