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Is virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server a good idea?

The question isn't whether enterprises can virtualize their Exchange Server infrastructures, but rather, is it even a good idea? With the arrival of Hyper-V and Microsoft's new licensing and technical support policies, many companies may be considering running Exchange Server in a virtualized hardware environment. From a server consolidation and storage standpoint, it makes sense, but what about cost and high availability concerns? In this webcast, Exchange MVP Richard Luckett examines the questions surrounding Exchange Server virtualization. He also compares third-party virtualization platforms and shares best practices for virtualizing both Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange 2007. Other topics covered include:

  • An overview of virtualization
  • The "big" Exchange Server virtualization questions
  • Available virtualization platforms
  • The pros and cons of running Exchange on VMware's ESX or Microsoft's Hyper-V
  • Microsoft's new virtualization support stance
  • Requirements for virtualizing Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2007
  • Backup and high availability solutions for Exchange 2007 virtualization
  • Storage best practices


Richard Luckett President of SYSTMS of NY, Inc. Richard Luckett is President of SYSTMS of NY, Inc., a Microsoft Gold Partner providing professional and managed services as well as training solutions. He is an MCSE, MCITP & MCTS with security and messaging specializations, and an MCT with 9 years of training experience. Richard is an Exchange MVP, co-author of "Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: The Complete Reference," course director/author of 7 Exchange courses, and resident email security expert for
Sep 8, 2008

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