Exchange 2007 on VMware

Posted on 2011-09-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

We've been considering building a mailbox cluster running on VMware ESX4.1, Windows 2008R2 for a critical remote site 700 users. Were looking at VMware for many of the obvious virtualization benefits including its small hardware foot print, in a very small MDF. We can assume that ample resources are available for each Exch node since new hardware (very likely oversized, for future use) will be purchased along with SAN Storage. A 10GB link will be used (dedicated fiber) back to main site. What I am interested in knowing is if there are any drawbacks or other considerations to running Exchange over VMware for this project.

Thank you
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Im running exchange 2010 and it works great, setup iscsi link to san for storage, for 700 users I believe it is recommended to assign 2 cpu's for mailboxes above 500 or so.  Other than that it runs very smooth

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Thank you for the response. Were you running it on Exch 2007 before 2010? Any issues from MS for support?
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No, I started with Exchange 2010, Depending on how you connect up to your SAN, i would check your backup software to see what they support when it comes to backups.  Some don't support and/or require you to run a separate backup process to pull from ISCI attatched storage etc.  There is some homework involved but overall I think you will like it.

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Sounds like a plan. Thanks for the quick response.

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