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Hardware Thread, Exchange 2007 Server Requirements in Technical; Originally Posted by Geoff I see some of you have posted your partition (disk?) configurations. What's best practice in this ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    I see some of you have posted your partition (disk?) configurations. What's best practice in this regard?
    Ideally you want the transaction logs on a seperate disks to the information stores. The way we have it at our place is:

    C:\ 40Gb or so

    D:\ CD-ROM/DVD Rom drive

    E:\ Transactions logs on local disks (SAS 10K)

    F:\ Information stores (on the Storage Area Network NetApp Storevault S500)

    I would advise 8GB RAM for the server as 4Gb for exchange 2007 is considered a mimimum so if you can afford it spec it for 8Gb i.e. 4 x 2G modules.

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    Why is Zimbra not industry standard software also you would get better support?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashok View Post
    Ideally you want the transaction logs on a seperate disks to the information stores. The way we have it at our place is:

    C:\ 40Gb or so

    D:\ CD-ROM/DVD Rom drive

    E:\ Transactions logs on local disks (SAS 10K)

    F:\ Information stores (on the Storage Area Network NetApp Storevault S500)

    I would advise 8GB RAM for the server as 4Gb for exchange 2007 is considered a mimimum so if you can afford it spec it for 8Gb i.e. 4 x 2G modules.
    How does one calculate the size required for E: and F:?

    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    Why is Zimbra not industry standard software also you would get better support?
    I've noted that arguing with ones head teacher, even when you think they are wrong, isn't worth it. Besides, it's not like I've been told to upgrade everything to Vista. Exchange isn't that bad and to be fair it does do things Zimbra currently can't.
    Last edited by Geoff; 3rd June 2009 at 12:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Exchange isn't that bad and to be fair it does do things Zimbra currently can't.
    Is there really much dislike for Exchange around? Don't get me wrong, MS have made some pretty bad stuff from time to time, but I always thought Exchange was a pretty solid product. If you're paying educational pricing then it's cheap as well. It's not the best solution for every environment by any means, but for those running a primarily Windows domain I would have thought it made the most sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    How does one calculate the size required for E: and F:?
    You Had Me At EHLO... : Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator

    Although our students are on tiny mailboxes and wouldn't count even as a light user, so the MS calculator comes out well over priced/specified.

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    I would have thought that at least presenting the option and cost would make them pause. What is your head doing sticking his nose in any way your are delivering the IT to the objective he has set. I just think that running exchange should not be taken in isolation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theblacksheep View Post
    You Had Me At EHLO... : Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator

    Although our students are on tiny mailboxes and wouldn't count even as a light user, so the MS calculator comes out well over priced/specified.
    Shame I don't have office 2007...

    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    I would have thought that at least presenting the option and cost would make them pause. What is your head doing sticking his nose in any way your are delivering the IT to the objective he has set. I just think that running exchange should not be taken in isolation.
    Well I've already calculated the licensing costs and as you can see I'm working on the hardware requirements. Once I've got some numbers; the business manager/head can decide if it's worth £XXX for the extra 5% or so functionality - that we're likely to use - Exchange offers over Zimbra. As for sticking his nose in, he isn't. Our NM left recently and the new Business manager had not started. As a result Technical Support ended up being directly line managed by the Head for a month or so, when this issue was discussed. Quite a unique set of circumstances I think.
    Last edited by Geoff; 3rd June 2009 at 12:51 PM.

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