Preparing to buy servers, setp exchange

We are in the process of buying new servers for our company to setup Exchange 2010
What we have:
•      Head office 200 user, with a brokerage with 20 users
•      Pop email  running on postfix
•      Most users (90 %) use outlook express
•      We need to move their current inbox to Exchange
•      Best practices on purchasing new server, putting in mind scalability
I need pointers on which servers have you used and successfully deployed a high available Exchange 2010 server.
We plan using OWA for that 90 % of users that use outlook express and need a pointer on how must I move their current inboxes (from postfix, pop) to the exchange database?

I will give points to the best answer that addresses my concerns!

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Sikhumbuzo NtsadaSenior IT TechnicianAsked:
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greenbug2002Connect With a Mentor Commented:
For hardware id recomend the HP DL380 series and if your keeping outlook express as the client then all the emails are stored localy on each pc and exchange has support for pop3 so migration should be simple
Sikhumbuzo NtsadaSenior IT TechnicianAuthor Commented:
Thank you greenbug2002,

I googled your recommendation and found the following link. However we are buying the Dell Server as it was less costly. Thank you for your pointer.
Sikhumbuzo NtsadaSenior IT TechnicianAuthor Commented:
Your quote @(Greenbug2002) "exchange has support for pop3 so migration should be simple " It is simple maybe for you I need step by step if you have one or a video clip, please give me something here.
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Glen KnightCommented:
As for hardware any if the top tier branded servers will suffice, depending on who you talk to will give you a different brand.

My personal preference is HP, but I've worked with Compaq/HP products for 14-15 years and never experienced anything to change my mind.

As for high availability, it depends in your budget.  Do you have a SAN an place? Do you plan to? What's an acceptable amount of downtime before your business loses money?

Do you want high availability and highly redundant or just one? Is virtualisation a consideration? What speed is the link between the offices?

Sorry for all the questions but we need more information to offer a good solution.
Sikhumbuzo NtsadaSenior IT TechnicianAuthor Commented:

We have a VMware Sphere 4 (with two ESX servers) infrustructure in place for other servers, we were looking at getting another server in there since there is SAN as well, but the bugget would not allow us now we are loking at getting a standalone server good enough to handle exchange.

I am more interested in having high availability. We depend highly on e-mail  as we are in insrunce.
FAX comes/goes through our e-mail server as well.

Glen KnightConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You cannot have high availability with a single Exchange Server unless it's hosted on a high availability VMWare cluster.
Sikhumbuzo NtsadaSenior IT TechnicianAuthor Commented:
Hi guys, I have not forgotten this question we are still waying our options as the budget changed, we are fighting for high availabilty thanks to your advice Demazter, I was not aware of the requirements when it comes to high availabilty.

We are back in negotiations with the management for more money. Once we get that I will come back and update you guys on what we are planning to buy and your advice will be appreciated as usual.

Sikhumbuzo NtsadaSenior IT TechnicianAuthor Commented:
Just got back from the meeting, we are not getting the servers, I will accept the comment about High Availabity as it is the one that got me to reconsider the hardware to buy.

Unfortunaley the price is too high according to the top management, so far we are left with no other choice but to remain on our current setup. I am hoping someone can send me samples of proposals you have that you used to motivate for hardware purchasing.
Sikhumbuzo NtsadaSenior IT TechnicianAuthor Commented:
We will be doing a new proposal plan any suggestion would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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