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Got a client that has four servers.

Microsoft CRM and Exchange Server (also hosts GFI Mail Essentials) - Dell PE 2800 (Xeon 3.0GHZ, 4GB RAM) (This server is the most resource hungry and might post hard drive space issues running both Microsoft CRM and Microsoft Exchange)

Terminal Server - PowerEdge 1600SC (Xeon 3.06, 4GB RAM)

Domain Controller - White Box with decent specs. (Xeon 2.4, 2GB RAM)
(Only provides DNS, DHCP, File/Print)(Windows Fax Monitor runs int he background)

Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 server - Old 6 year old white box. (3.75GB RAM, Xeon 2.4)

All servers currently running Windows 2003 server with SP2.

We see the single point of failure in this network to be the Microsoft Dynamics Server.

Clients primary goal:
Client wants to be able to rollout their current installation of Microsoft CRM which currently resides on the server that hosts Microsoft Exchange Server. Currently they are testing Microsoft CRM but want to rollout it for production. 6-8 users total.

Can Microsoft CRM 3.0 and Microsoft Exchange 2003 or 2007 reside on the same server?

With the ability to virtualize servers using Hpyer-V now, would that be an option?

Can we run all three servers on one box? (Microsoft CRM, Exchange and Dynamics).

Consoidation is a must here since the client is running two backups also.  LTO3 on the exchange server and a Sony AIT-1 on the Dynamics server.  

Looking for suggestions, thoughts and some dialogue.

Thank you.

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by:Mestha
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When it comes to Dynamics, you wouldn't catch me putting it on anything but its own dedicated machine. Otherwise the expensive consultants that are attached to the product will simply blame every issue that it has on the fact that it is sharing with other products. In my time in the IT industry (some 15 years) I have one rule that has held me in good stead throughout, even with changes in the technologies used - the finance product gets its own dedicated server. Saves me no end of grief.

Can't comment on the CRM side though.

If you can split them in to separate VMs (and it is supported by everyone involved) do that. It will make life a lot easier.

Simon.
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I agree with the Dynamics being on its own server also and there is a consulting firm attached to it.

I still need to know about the CRM/Exchange on the same server.
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This issue was resolved. We found out that Dynamics could run in a Hyper-V virtual machine.
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