I am in the process of planning an Exchange migration from 2007 to 2013. I am debating on whether to go virtual on the new Exchange 2013 install. Here is my environment and hardware:
HP Proliant DL360 G7 Performance model
64 GBs RAM
(7) 15k SAS 300GB Drives
Currently 150 mailboxes (may grow to 250 over the next 5 years
My options are to install on physical box or.....
Install Hyper-V or VMware on physical and then create VM for Exchange. I would prefer this for obvious DR reasons, but I am concerned about performance..... Here is my question....
If I keep the Virtual HOST dedicated to the Exchange VM and store both VHDs... One for Exchange C drive and the other for Exchange data on the internal D Drives of the new Hyper-V/VMware host would it perform well? I do have the ability to TEAM NICs to improve throughput.
I am currently running Exchange 2007 on a physical DL380 G5 with 2 PROCs and 12 GBs of RAM.