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May 2008, Vol 2

What to virtualize with Microsoft Exchange

If you’re considering virtualizing Microsoft Exchange, it’s wise to be skeptical. But when properly designed and tested, the outcome is a smooth-running Exchange environment that offers all of virtualization’s benefits for some Exchange roles. First, consult Microsoft’s Virtual Machine Support Policy for Exchange Server 2003.Microsoft supports Exchange Server 2003 running on virtual machines (VMs) with the following: Virtual Server 2005 R2 or a later version; Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or a later SP version; Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Virtual Machine Additions installed on the guest OS; Exchange Server 2003 configured as a standalone server, not as part of a Windows cluster; Only the Microsoft Virtual Machine PCI SCSI Controller driver installed as a SCSI driver; The virtual hard disk with the Undo feature not enabled. Microsoft Exchange 2007 is not supported for virtualization, but with the upcoming release of Windows Server2008’s Hyper-V, full support from Microsoft is imminent. As far as VMware ...

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