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Can exchange server 2007 be setup on a single box with one hard drive?

Posted on 2007-12-06
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Hello All,
I have a small office with 1 box running server 2003 R2 as a domain controller with 7 PC's. I would like to host our own company email and web server for our company website.

Could I use exchange server 2007 on a single box with 1 hard drive? or do I need 2 hard drives or partitions to setup exchange?

Thank You!

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Al
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It can be done with one hard drive, but performance will be poor pretty quickly. Even my home server has two drives in it (and that has one user - me). With the cost of hard drives so low it doesn't make sense to try and save on that area.

However I would strongly advise AGAINST hosting your own web site. You will not be able to provide enough bandwidth and the security issues it raises makes the exercise almost pointless.

Simon.
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What would be the correct way to setup exchange after I add a second drive? I am not sure how to go about doing this.

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Al
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The key with Exchange is to separate the transaction logs from the database. Therefore you would install Exchange as normal then use the management console to move the databases to a folder on the other drive.

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If the 7 PCs are any sort of indicator of the volume of your business and the number of employees, I'd like to point out the possibility of using something else than Exchange... A Mercury mail server (www.pmail.com) will easily handle it for you, or Postfix if you can setup a Linux server. Both are free of charge and would probably run very well on any standard workstation-style PC.
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