Exchange Server

Dear All,

I would like to know about Exchange server. As i am totally new to the server side so please guide me regarding the Exchange server. In our environment Windows server 2012 is installed & also configured domain along with group policy.

We have 3 physical servers with 300gb * 2 hdd installed in each servers. 32gb memory each & 2 processors  in each servers . One storage is there in which server backup are going on.

We are planning to deploy exchange server .

Want to know the prerequisites of Exchange server & also how to deploy it.

Total no. of virtual servers is 11.

Regards,

JCT
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Seth SimmonsConnect With a Mentor Sr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
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jct_777Author Commented:
Hi ,

Just for clarification can we install Exchange server on the existing servers by creating a new  virtual server 2012 or do we need to purchase additional physical server to configure this.

Please clarify

Regards,

JCT
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
it can be virtual or bare metal
virtual server is supported

Exchange 2013 Virtualization
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj619301%28v=exchg.150%29.aspx
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jhyieslaCommented:
If you're heavily into the virtual server world and that is your future direction, then I'd consider setting it up as a VM.

Regardless whether you go physical or virtual, I'd suggest dedicating a server to the Exchange tasks. It's not that Exchange can't co-exist on the same physical or virtual box as other server functions, but it can be a hog and we've found that separating out tasks to different servers just seems to work better, especially when you get into a maintenance or troubleshooting scenario. Plus you can dedicate server resources to the task at hand.

Since it sounds as though you're new to Exchange, you might also consider putting it in the cloud. MS offered a hosted Exchange solution as do others. Typically you can do it less expensively yourself, but having someone else manage it for you does take that burden off your shoulders.
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jct_777Author Commented:
Hi,

As you all already know i am totally new to the servers & also i would like to install exchange by myself. Please mention what is the best practice for learning Exchange Server.

My plan is to configure my system with vmware workstation , Configure two virtual servers i.e. one is for domain & the other is for exchange. is it the correct method . If every thing works fine then i will implement in my organisation.

Please mention a good learning site for servers especially exchange.

Regards,

JCT
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jhyieslaCommented:
I think the other experts have listed some good resources for getting started with Exchange. Whether you're doing virtual or physical, yes, I'd do one for domain controller and one for Exchange, unless you are using SBS - which I've never been huge fan of, but I know a lot of people like.

If you serious about doing this I'd probably stay away from VMware workstation... You should look at the ESXi products. Exchange makes sense and as long as you're not trying to do some upgrade, installation isn't horrible, but it's more complex than installing Windows and does require some knowledge of your network environment.
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