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Exchange 2007 VMware

I'm planning to set up exchange 2007  in a virtual environment and was wondering the best course of action.   Is there any way to configure vmware so that the C:\ would be in a virtual environment but have a separate non virtual drive for data? ( I don't want to keep the data in a virtual environment) Previously, I would configure exchange and all of its components on the root drive but keep the data on a separate partition.  This way i can do an offline ghost of C:\ and have it easily restored without affecting the data.  This time around i thought it would be better if used vmware's snapshot feature instead of doing an offline ghost image.

Thoughts? or am i totally off based and should look for a different solution.

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While you idea sounds good in theory, it will not work in practise. Your ghost or snapshot will be useless for that data about 30 seconds after it has been taken. The Exchange database is very sensitive and you cannot just restore data and expect it to work immediately. You either have to do a disaster recovery installation or other changes so that Exchange knows it has been restored.

When you are setting up the machine you can choose to store the data on a physical drive, rather than in a virtual disk.

Simon.
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Ok.. so what's the point of having VMware ESX Servers hosting exchange while having their data on a separate SAN environment?  I was under the impression that you could easily recover from a total disaster by restoring a snapshot (or recovering from a full VM Backup) of the OS/Exchange under this configuration.

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Exchange on virtual machines is a grey area anyway. It is not something I do, because it is so hard on the data source. Microsoft don't support Exchange in virtual machines, Exchange 2007 will be supported under their own VM product when they eventually release something that will run 64 bit virtual machines.

Virtual machines are not really for data recovery, but to allow you to run more on the same. You could also look at using the CCR features in Exchange 2007 enterprise to have the data elsewhere.

Simon.
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Thank you everyone for the comments.  This will truly help me in planning my transition to exchange 2007.