Best Practices: Virtualizing Exchange 2010 on VMware

9 08 2010

There has been a perfect storm brewing within IT infrastructures over the past year, especially when it comes to Exchange and virtualization.  Let’s face it…a lot of email environments are still physical due to the fact that they were built prior to it becoming common practice to virtualize tier 1 applications, i.e. workloads that were considered too resource intensive to host on a virtual platform.  While a lot of this was related to perception more so than fact, any room for doubt was swiftly eliminated by VMware vSphere, which has been proven over and over again since it’s release last year to support even the most high I/O workloads without compromising performance.

So now that most organizations have a robust virtual hosting platform in place, why not leverage it to facilitate an upgrade of Exchange and save on a big purchase of dedicated hardware?!    The following 2 documents from VMware outline the best practices for virtualizing Exchange 2010 on VMware ESX, as well as considerations for high availability and recovery.

http://communities.vmware.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadBody/13273-102-1-14551/Exchange%202010%20on%20VMware%20-%20Best%20Practices%20Guide.pdf

http://communities.vmware.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadBody/13275-102-1-14553/Exchange%202010%20on%20VMware%20-%20Availability%20and%20Recovery%20Options.pdf

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