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Dell R510 for Exchange 2010?

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Hey guys,

Considering getting Dell R510 server with 12 bays
2 x 146GB RAID1 for OS/Exchange
5 x 600GB for Mailboxes and Logs.  Only 30 users and do not expect too much growth.  Would it be okay.  I remember the best practice to have logs on the different RAID separately.

Please advice.
Thanks!!
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This specification would be more than sufficient for 30 users, however rather than Exchange 2010 which will cost a few thousand £/$ rather go for SBS2011 which will cost £/$400

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That link is for Active Directory and nothing to do with Exchange, perhaps you should check the contents of links before you post them!
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Oh sorry for this missunderstood :),
here's the right link :
http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/news/1075245/How-to-spec-your-Exchange-server-hardware-requirements

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The R510 is ok, the HDD is ok. But how much ram would u have installed on it ?
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32GB RAM.  2 x CPU Quad  Zenon 2.4GHz.  15K drives.
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As I said, that will be more than sufficient.  I would still go for SBS2011 though and save yourself a small fortune!
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Perfect.  Thank you!!
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That`s much more than enough for 30 users. You can cut some costs by using only 16GB RAM.
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as i said; just follow the link that i gave and you'll find the informations you need to know, of course if you're not planing to go for SBS2011.

http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/news/1075245/How-to-spec-your-Exchange-server-hardware-requirements
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AhmedHERMI, that link is only available if you actually sign up to the site unless you do.  There are a number of other tools that can be used for size analysis of an exchange server but none of them are particularly effective.
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I also recommend the SBS 2011, and besides that you can cut costs even more by going with only 16GB ram.
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16GB ram is probably enough to start - you can grow to 32 later (ram prices always drop)  I'd go with SBS 2011 premium, unless you plan to need multiple sites and grow beyond 100+ users in the next 3 years.
A bit about the hard drives - MS doesn't recommend RAID 5 for exchange 2010 - and if fact Raid 5 should not be used with larger hard drives, unless it's an advanced RAID controller - risk of hard drive error and rebuild times are insane.   Go with RAID 0+1 (raid 10) drives.  If you need additional storage add additional RAID 1 volumes or additional raid 1+0 if perf is priority.
Here is some additional info:MS storage recommendations
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Sorry for the delay.  Closing and awaring points very soon.

Thanks.
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Sorry about that.  I will close and assign points ASAP.  

Thanks.
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