Virtualizing Exchange 2010\Hyper-V
Posted on 2011-09-13
Need some Advice.
I have a new 12 core 24 gig ram 1TB local HD server that I have installed Windows 2008 Enterprise R2 and enabled Hyper-V. I have seen the best parctices for virtualizing Exchange. I dont understand what is meant by this statement that Microsoft suggests "Storage used by Exchange should be hosted in disk spindles that are separate from the storage that hosts the guest virtual machine's operating system" How can I do what MS are suggusting in Hyper V. Is this something that has to be done during the the install.
I current have installed the main Exchange that I am planning on Mailbox and CAS rolls on. The guest OS is installed on the IDE drive and the storage on a Virtual Scsi disk VHD. This is in Hyper-V manager.
So on the root server which is raid 5 I have a G partion that has TB HD. I have create a Exchange folder and in there is the Exchange Guest OS VHD and the Exchange Strorage VHD.
Here are the steps that I am working on in my planning for Exchange 2010 deployment.
We are a small organization with 150 users 1 domain.
I was planning on installing the CAS and Mailbox rolls on one VM and Hub transport server roll on another VM.
Please advice to if I am even in the ballpark with my implementation of Hyper V and Exchange Virtualization