concidering a hosted solution

Posted on 2008-11-03
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Hello All
I have a customer that's running a 2003 Exchange on a single machine this box is their DC, backup, file server, antivirus server and anti spam.  they've been in the config this way for the past 5 years this have been running fine.  However the box is a little date and were concidering replaceing it.  Since there is only 6 users  I thought it might be best to concider having their email hosted.  The company that's curently hosting their Web site is intered in hosting their email but their looking at what kind of utilization they are going to have hamering their box.  I'm not sure what there looking for or what data to give them.   I don't want to get caught up in a performance issue based on assumptions.  so if any one has a recommendation as to what i should do about this i would greatly appreciate all responces.  Thank you  
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Capture Data from them like (per day or per hour) to calculate Bandwidth will be simple calculation
  • Number of mails being sent/received (internally and externally)
  • Average Size of Mails
  • Mailbox Sizes
Also give them, benefits like Archiving/Backup/Safety/Security of data when hostig a solution
This should be it

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Maybe i should of asked what is the best way to collect information reguarding how many emails are sent and received weekly, monthly or daily and should this include the  amount of Spam controlled by anti spam software?
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Exchange 2003 Logs would be the ideal place to check that. I would rather recommend usage of some software:
Else, you can look at Message tracking & SMTP Logs
For Antispam Software - Check it will have the statistics, all AS software have statistics. But do not take into consideration caught spam, as it would unnecessarily increase your total. Your concern has to be mails that reach mailboxes or go out sucessfully.

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Thank you for your assistance you have been a great help
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Glad the information was of help :-)

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