Virtual - Exchange 2010 for SMB
Posted on 2012-03-28
Just to let everyone know that I am new at virtual network and still learning. I just need some guidance and I just want to vent out my thoughts.
My question is in regards with virtualization. I know there are different virtual vendors such as XenServer, Vshere, and Hyper-v. I have read several best practice documents from Microsoft and vmware for configuring exchange 2010. Those documents discuss about companies that has 9k, 10k and 16k mailboxes. The recommendations are insane including the exchange 2010 calculator; I taken those information with a grain of salt. We are a small editorial company that has 300 mailboxes with a total size of 300GB that including public folders. The logs about 200GB worth if backups do not run for 7 days.
Dell Power Edge R710
Intel Xeon x5550 (4 core x 2 slots = 8core)
HD 600GB 10k = 6 drives
Total send/receive message for each profile 150
Mailbox size limits - 900MB
Archive limits - 2GB
DAG setup - Yes – I would like to implement.
I have read Hyper-v exchange 2010 for 500 mailboxes. It mentioned creating two instances for each physical server. Each physical server will have one cas/hub and one mailbox. Instead is it possible to have multi-role server, instead of having total of four instances, can there be two instances?
These are my general questions for all vendors “Instead is it possible to have multi-role server, instead of having total of four instances, can there be two instances?”
I am just looking for core requirements, storage, number of instances, and guidance. I am currently setting up the test lab, so I haven’t done any testing yet.
Thanks and I know it’s a lot to ask.