Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper V – Guidance & Best Practices from Microsoft

Microsoft has released a doument intended to provide guidance and best practices for deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 in a virtualized environment with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper V technology.

With Hyper-V technology, Microsoft provides a platform with flexible and robust virtualization capabilities. Whether in your data center, with a service provider or in a private cloud—Microsoft provides the flexibility and control to consume IT as a service, whichever way best meets your unique business needs.

Virtualization optimizes investment in hardware and network infrastructure by:
– Increasing the utilization of underused hardware
– Improving server availability
– Reducing IT costs

Reasons why an organization might want to virtualize an Exchange environment includes;
– When an organization uses virtualization for its server infrastructure, Exchange is virtualized to be in alignment with standard corporate policy.
– To consolidate underused application servers onto one physical server for increased hardware utilization.
– Small and medium-sized organizations, as well as small branch offices for larger organizations, may consolidate Exchange CAS and HUB server roles into a virtualized environment with other application servers on the same physical server.
– To save on space, power, and cooling

The paper includes five main sections:
1. Virtualized Exchange Server Best Practices: describes best practices for configuring the Hyper V root server and its Hyper-V guests.
2. Server Deployment Best Practices: describes the best practices for deploying each of the Exchange Server 2010 roles in a Hyper-V virtualized environment.
3. Capacity, Sizing, and Performance of Exchange Server on Hyper-V Best Practices: describes the best practices for calculating the storage and processor requirements for each of the Exchange Server roles based on the e-mail requirements of the organization.
4. Best Practices for Maintaining High Availability of Exchange Server 2010 on Hyper-V: describe a larger organization that has high availability requirements.
5. Running Exchange Alongside Other Workloads in a Virtual Environment: describes best practices for deploying Exchange alongside other workloads in a virtual environment.

This paper is for IT professionals who are deploying Exchange Server 2010 with Hyper-V technology.

Best Practices for Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper V (.docx)

This article Whitepaper: Exchange Deployment Options – How Best To Deploy Microsoft Exchange in Your Organization may also interest you!

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