Microsoft Exchange Server

I would like to setup an exchange server for a small organization with about 10 users. Would this this difficult to administer? What do you suggest as hardware requirements and cost of the exchange server software. Are there better alternatives? This is a fire station so security and email accountability and archiving is important.


Thanks,

Brian
bjbrownAsked:
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Jon BrelieSystem ArchitectCommented:
Office 365 or Google Apps would probably be more cost effective for so few users.  I wouldn't do an onsite exchange server for such a small environment unless the customer insisted on it.  Even then I would still attempt to dissuade them.
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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
agreed, office 365, google, or really any other email hosting would be the way to go. you might even look into a local managed service provider that can host your email for you and assist with any tech support.
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bjbrownAuthor Commented:
Doesn't look like a service will be an option, exchange or a similar application that will reside on their server is the direction I'm being given.
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Jon BrelieSystem ArchitectCommented:
Show them the price difference.

Otherwise for 10 users, you don't really need anything fancy.  You can do database level journaling so you can use standard cals.  Just setup a standalone server with a nightly full backup to another location. It will practically run itself.
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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
Wouldn't be too hard. just fallow this guide and ask questions on here if you get stuck.

http://theadminsguide.net/2012/09/04/installing-microsoft-exchange-server-2010-step-by-step-guide-part-1/#more-92

for 10 users you could get away with getting a HP g5 with dual proc and 16gb of ram off ebay for a few hundred. just make sure there is enough space. should be okay with 100GB hard drive.
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bjbrownAuthor Commented:
Okay, so I think I'm hearing that exchange and all of it' s components will run on a single stand alone unit provided that the box has sufficient resources. I don't think that the $$$ amount is the highest priority, they have been utilizing Yahoo, Google, etc. but now need to have a common, secured and reliable repository for their email.
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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
yes a single box is all you need.
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