what spec should my exchange server be?

im using an exchange 2010 sp3 virtual server
i have around 1400 users with a 600meg limit on each mailbox
i have 2 processors and 9 gig of ram
server seems to be running fine
is this spec ok?
should i have 2 servers with the load split?
or should i use DAGs
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
9gb of RAM? You are way under for that number of users.
I would be looking at having at least 16gb of RAM on the machine. Rough rule of thumb is 8gb base, then 4mb per user (that can vary quite a bit, but makes a good starting point).

A DAG? I would. You could have three servers in the DAG, two in the main office and one off site. If you haven't already, deploy an RPC CAS Array and then have a load balancer for the CAS role.

Simon.
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Sushil SonawaneCommented:
As per Microsoft 4 MB ram require per mailbox for exchange. With 9 GB ram it good enough for you.

For More info and details specification refer below link :

http://www.msexchange.org/articles-tutorials/exchange-server-2010/management-administration/exchange-2010-sizing-cheat-sheet.html

http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2009/11/09/3408737.aspx

http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Exchange-2010-Mailbox-Server-Role-/


If you want to configure DAG it's your exchange server high availability feature and also use for load balancing.
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dougdogAuthor Commented:
so is it better to create 2 exchange servers in a dag
than
create 2 exchange servers with the load split
is it ok to have so many users on 1 exchange server
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
If you have two Exchange servers that are not members of a DAG, then one fails, half of your users are down. If they are in a DAG then everyone continues to work correctly.

You could have the servers in an Active/Active DAG design, which means that in day to day oeprations the load is split, but ensure that the servers have enough resources to be able to take on the entire load if required.

You can have as many users as you like with Exchange - it coems down to the hardware being up to it. There are many considerations for a platform of that size though, not just performance. DR, database design and general management all come in to it, which a good consultant would be able to assist with.

Simon.
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dougdogAuthor Commented:
i have split my databases into 6
these are split over different drives
when using DAGs do i need many cpus with high performance
i was once told the cpus we had were not capable of running a DAG
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
The CPU has nothing to do with being able to run a DAG or not.

As long as you meet the system requirements for Exchange at the laod you want to apply then you will be fine.

Simon.
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dougdogAuthor Commented:
any good simple advice or links for setting up a DAG
and
RPC CAS Array and then have a load balancer for the CAS role
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
CAS Array: http://exchangeserverpro.com/exchange-server-2010-cas-array/
DAG: http://exchangeserverpro.com/exchange-server-2010-database-availability-group-installation-step-by-step/

I would probably follow the guidance to have a replication network with that number of users as well.

Simon.
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