I had a stable Windows 2003 64bit server running Exchange 2007 and SQL Server 2005 or a Dell 2900 server
Due to the RIM withdrawing the mail connector, we were force to move to BES Express for forwarding our emails to our blackberries
I should point out that we are a small business with only 5 mailboxes and two blackberries
Because BES won't install on a 64bit OS, I installed Microsoft Virtual Server
I got the configuration up and running but every couple of days either the VM crashes with a stop error or the Exchange Information store service stops. I can't see any erros in the event log relating to the service stop
I'm thinking that I should virtualise Exchange Server, SQL Server and BES on separate VMs using VMWare ESX or 3i
I am a novice regarding VMWare but from what I have read I would prefer to use 3i however it does not seem to support the Dell 2900?
1) Has enyone encountered similar problems with BES causing Exhange services to stop?
2) Does my proposed virtualisation strategy sound sensible given how few mailboxes/ blackberries we have?
3) Am I right in thinking that VMWare 3i won't install on a Dell 2900?
4)If instead I install ESX 3.5, which does seem to be supported, what are the disadvantages?
5)What ESX 3.5 install on bare metal?