Just curious asking about setting up the VM in preparation of installing Exchange 2010. I configured a VM with a Windows Server 2012 Standard OS. I setup two processors and 150Gbs of storage space. The OS alone is taking up 23Gbs, so I now have 137Gbs of space left. My initial thoughts were to install Exchange on the same drive with the OS.
If this were a physical machine the OS would reside on a mirrored drive, and Exchange on separate RAID volume.
We have about 15 users, with a mailstore.edb (22.5Gbs), mailstore.stm (7Gbs, and a pub1.edb and pub1.stm of 1.5Gbs.
I understand Exchange 2010 uses more services, more resources, more disk space, etc.
Should I leave the 150Gb drive for this VM to install everything? I think that would be fine since I can expand and contract the drive should disk space become an issue. Not sure if you'll recommend reducing the c-drive in this VM and add another drive to install Exchange just like it were a physical drive. In the virtual world this may not be an issue.
Then again, if exchange and the os reside on one VM drive, I will not be able to defrag the drive, etc.
Feedback is appreciated.