exchange test environment

Do you have any test environment for your exchange server infrastructure? Is it common to have a test exchange sertver - if so what is it used for, and are there any risks in not having a test server that replicates the production server?
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pma111Asked:
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MarkMichaelConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Microsoft patches come out for Exchange, it would be good to test against a test platform first.

Running powershell scripts that you don't know will work precisely as expected, can be tested first.

Testing changes to the environment in your test platform first will save you any face, if they go wrong in production.
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MarkMichaelCommented:
Normally, you would have an Exchange test platform, which is completely isolated from your production environment. Especially as a lot of exchange settings are Organizational settings and would affect all of your Exchange servers.

If you are looking for a testing environment, a simple setup with a few VMs on a test machine will usually suffice.
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pma111Author Commented:
Why do you need a test environemnt though? What risks does not having a test environment introduce?
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