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Exchange 2010 deployment (Vmware)

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Hi,

I want to start looking at implementing Exchange 2010 and would like to install it on a VMware environment using a ESXi host and some storage on the back.

Any recommendations on setup and hardware?
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how many users/mailboxes
what sort of storage requirements do you have

What kind of VMware Environment do you have setup

This would help figure out

How many exchange servers you might need
Whether you would split out the Mailbox servers into a DAG or not
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ok, around 200 users. Currently using 2 Exchange 2003 backend server with one frontend.

We are using around 70-80 gb for mailbox and public store on both server.

We don't have a Vmware setup as it is, but do have a VNX 5300 in a block setup using iSCSI which we can expand to with maybe some additional storage?

I would say i would put all roles on the same server, but maybe split the some storage onto a different LUN for an email archiving product i am looking at.

Thanks for any help.
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Do you have any kind of HA options, what are you requirements for resilience

You could easily put all one one server - you should look for at least 16GB RAM as a minimum and think more about 24-32 depending on how many services you might be running i.e. OWA, Active Sync Etc

I would look to separate out the mailbox storage onto physical storage - i.e. passthru and aim at RAID 10 or something similar.

Or make sure the Vdisk you are putting it on it a similar kind of RAID
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