Hi, after this company "saving" money for the last 8 years, I'm finally getting them to improve their infrastructure. We've upgraded our old Cisco PIX and VPN to ASA5510, and finally built a new server to move domain controller/AD/DNS (was all in the same box with Exchange 2003 and BES!!!)
Working now on upgrading our Exchange Server form 2003 standard to 2010 standard. Ordering a brand new server I have a couple of questions to make sure I am doing it right. I'm not that familiar with Exchange
1.) Currently we have but one database (almost maxed at 70GB). Can we split this into multiple databases in the one store? This would of course make recovery (Symantec backup Exec) and defragmentation a lot faster. I was thinking on one for our executives, one for our lower level techs and one for the rest.
2.) We are planning on having a RAID 1 450GB (2 x 450GB) for the OS and Server and a RAID 5 2.7TB (4 x 900GB) to host the databases. Is that fine? (using an HP proliant DL380 Gen 8)
3.) Assuming later we continue to grow and run out of space, we can add another array in the server and add another database correct?
4.) Any pitfalls I should be looking out for?