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    Hi Guys,

    One question and a couple of opinions really.

    Firstly stumbled across this and was wondering if anything similar can be set up in the UK Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: Sending Bulk SMS (Txt Messages) at No Cost They are able to send text messages via a mail server (MS Exchange) for free. But looks to me like it is an american network thing only with the email address awarded for telephones.

    Has anyone set up something similar over here? If so how and using what?

    Also we are looking at installing ms exchange server for around 170 email accounts. Probably only about 10% of them used heavily. Would exchange run ok on an old server with the following spec?

    HP Proliant ML370 G4
    3.5GB RAM
    Intel Xeon CPU 3.4GHz (2 CPU)

    I know it's not great but the school is reluctant to purchase new hardware without testing the system first for ease of use and functionality etc.

    Cheers

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    You can use this Mailbox Server Processor Capacity Planning: Exchange 2010 SP1 Help for your capacity planning. There is also a wizard somewhere you can step through that Ive got bookmarked at work..

    Cant answer your Q about SMS though sorry..

    Have you considered live@edu as a free alternative to Exchange? It offers similar services to an on-premise exchange.

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    We have just installed a new exchange server on a physical server and our specs are...

    HP DL380 G7
    1 Physical Processor with 12 cores
    18Gb Ram
    5 SAS drives at 146Gb each

    We have 110 users at the mo and the server is using 15Gb of memory.

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    The thing with exchange is that it eats RAM...1 machine I have seen at an old establishment had 92GB RAM, and exchange was using near 80GB of that - mind you they did have near 1000 users on there! The more you give it, the better it runs, but it will just take your ram and ask for more.

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    We have 1600 mailboxes over 3 vms in total about 12gb of RAM and all working very nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj2419 View Post
    Hi Guys,

    One question and a couple of opinions really.

    Firstly stumbled across this and was wondering if anything similar can be set up in the UK Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: Sending Bulk SMS (Txt Messages) at No Cost They are able to send text messages via a mail server (MS Exchange) for free. But looks to me like it is an american network thing only with the email address awarded for telephones.

    Has anyone set up something similar over here? If so how and using what?

    Also we are looking at installing ms exchange server for around 170 email accounts. Probably only about 10% of them used heavily. Would exchange run ok on an old server with the following spec?

    HP Proliant ML370 G4
    3.5GB RAM
    Intel Xeon CPU 3.4GHz (2 CPU)

    I know it's not great but the school is reluctant to purchase new hardware without testing the system first for ease of use and functionality etc.

    Cheers
    1. Depends on what version of Exch you're going to use, and the user profile (usage)
    2. I'd suggest you go for 2010, if anything I'd be concerned with the RAM. You're short. I'd have at least 8GB if you're on a budget.

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    Hi we'll be using exchange 2010. We are using live@edu for student emails for their ICT work. This would be for staff emails. Cheers for te info guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj2419 View Post
    Hi we'll be using exchange 2010. We are using live@edu for student emails for their ICT work. This would be for staff emails. Cheers for te info guys.
    1. In that case I'd just up the ram to 8GB and you should be OK.
    2. Apart from the RAM, you will need to manage your capacity. Only you know how the usages is for the staff email.

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