I am proposing a major upgrade for one of my clients.
Up till now, we have been using a 3rd party registrar for business emails. Lately my client continues to ask for additional emails accounts to be setup - exceeding our purchased quota. I have also been pressed for synchronization on inboxes with iphones. For the time I have been configuring via IMAP. Needless to say, they have out grown this basic email package.
Yes I have considered Office 365 Business, and Premium w/ Exchange, but, I want to investigate my options in-house. I can't seem to get past that reoccurring annual charge.
We currently have a 1 Dell PE R320 running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. There are 13 users in the office environment, 10 out in the field. We have a 3rd party business application running off of SQL on this same server. Our system comes with the ability to created 2 VM'S, running the Server 2012 R2 Standard. I'm thinking great, I don't have to spend another 2,500 on a server, I'll use what I already have. Then I read the following on Microsoft:
• Only management software (for example, antivirus software, backup software, or virtual machine management software) can be deployed on the physical host machine. No other server-based applications (for example, Exchange, SQL Server, Active Directory, or SAP) should be installed on the host machine. The host machine should be dedicated to running guest virtual machines.
So, that is the warning. Has anybody actually tried to do this, and was successful? Am I asking for trouble running Exchange 2019 on a VM?
In the mean time, I am investigating refurbished servers to lower the cost. I am thinking MS Essentials Server 2019 which includes 25 user CAL'S (only 15 LAN users).
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!!!