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Exchange 2010

Can Exchange 2010 be installed on this type of system?

Dell Inspiron 580 Desktop Intel Core i3-550 3.2GHz 4GB 640GB
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Glen KnightCommented:
As long as you install Windows 2008 Server 64 bit or Windows 2008 R2 then yes Exchange 2010 can be installed.
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Starquest321Author Commented:
Do you think this system can hanndle 2008 r2?
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AkhaterCommented:
i3 processors are 64 bits so you can install as long as you install a 64 bits OS windows 2008 SP2 or 2008 R2

however it won't work on 4 GB of ram you will need to add more RAMs 8GB minimun 12 recommended

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Glen KnightCommented:
Akhater, sorry but it will work on 4GB of RAM, it might be a little slow but it will install.
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AkhaterCommented:
I never said it won't install i just said it won't be viable
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Glen KnightCommented:
If this is a test system which seeing as it's going on a desktop machine might suggest it is then it will not be a problem.

I run Exchange as a virtual machine on my laptop for testing purposes with only 3GB of RAM and it's useable.
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Starquest321Author Commented:
Do you think the system can handle 20 users easily?
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Glen KnightCommented:
It would be a little sluggish and slow to respond from the console but it depends on the volume of mail you will be sending through it.  What other roles will it be performing? Will it just be an Exchange Server?
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Starquest321Author Commented:
Just exchange - the problem is just my memory? Meaning if I had 8gb then it would be better?
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Glen KnightCommented:
Yes, with Exchange the more memory the better
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AkhaterCommented:
yes 8gb would be just fine for 20 users and the rest is good (at least for me and I hope glen will agree)
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Starquest321Author Commented:
Is this a better fit?

      PROCESSOR-Intel i3 550 3.20 GHz 4MB L2 cache 2 Core 4 Threads Supports Virtualization

MEMORY- 6GB DDR3 1333MHz 4 Dimms

 

HARD Drive -750GB SATA Hard Drive 7200RPM
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Glen KnightCommented:
6GB should be fine, I would push for 8GB.

And yes I agree Akhater :)

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AkhaterCommented:
the minimun for exchange 2010 (documented) is 4gb of RAM + 5MB / user so 6 should be OK  I would still opt for 8GM

SATA disk is fine but I hope you are planning RAID on this
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Starquest321Author Commented:
Why would I need RAID on this? Can I partition it on the setup?
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Glen KnightCommented:
you would need RAID for protection.
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Starquest321Author Commented:
Can I setup Raid on such a particular machine?
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AkhaterCommented:
you can have hardware raid (if the raid controller is included) you can have software raid do it in windows just by adding another similar disk you will lose some performance though but I don't think it will be critical in your case
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Starquest321Author Commented:
Then should this be a better system:

DUAL XEON 5160 3GHZ DUAL CORE CPU'S W. 4MB CACHE

8GB ECC MEMORY

2X 500GB SATA HDD

SAS 5iR ARRAY CONTROLLER

DUAL 10/100/1000 ETHERNET

SINGLE POWER SUPPLY
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Glen KnightCommented:
Look'd good to me :)
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Starquest321Author Commented:
Everything looks good - but which one should I choose? :)
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Starquest321Author Commented:
Basically is a
TWO XEON 5160 DUAL-CORE 3.0GHZ 8GB MEM
better system for win 2008 r2/exchange 2010 then a

Dell Inspiron 580 Desktop Intel Core i3-550 3.2GHz 8GB 640GB
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Glen KnightCommented:
Yes go for TWO XEON 5160 DUAL-CORE 3.0GHZ 8GB MEM
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