Can I have Edge Transport role running on the same server as all the other Exchange roles but in a virtual environment?

Posted on 2008-02-07
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I am in the process of planning an Exchange 2007 environment.  I have 2 domain controllers running Windows Server 2003, 1 standalone server (old) running windows xp, and 1 Poweredge 2900 with dual Quad core processors, 4 gb of ram, and 3 146GB drives.  I have no DMZ server or anything between internal firewall and internet.  The Poweredge 2900 is going to be our Exchange 2007 server.  I am trying to figure out if I really need the Edge transport role installed.  I know the Edge transport cannot be installed on the same physical server.  My question is can it be installed on the same physical server but just in a virtual environment and are there any drawbacks to this?  We only have about 50 employees so do I even need to be worrying about the edge transport role?

Thank you
Question by:bsimmons2376
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isaman07 earned 1200 total points
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Your server looks strong enough to handle both. Using the free version of vmware server, you can easily do that, just do not use bridged networking, assign a separate NIC to each server.
I just can't tell you you can not do that.

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pghzooit earned 300 total points
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With only 50 employees you don't really need the edge transport server.  It also cannot be a member of the domain.

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