As I mentioned some days ago, I evaluated Microsoft Exchange 2007.
Boy, that was fun. I defined roles, I copied mailboxes, I flooded it with spam, I cleaned them up with retention rules, I accessed network shares via webaccess.
In the end the test was spread across 4 servers, 3 of them being virtual on the main testing machine. 2 for mailbox storage, 1 for client access and 1 for hub transport.
To tie up some loose ends I wrote about in my previous posting, well:
- I wasn’t able to fine tune the webaccess component, hopefully we get that into the final
- SMTP servers can be setup as desired (portwise, etc), I just didn’t look well enough.
- Message tracking is a joke, I was SO right about that one.
So, what is my impression? Well, it’s already decided, we will adopt Exchange 2007, as soon as it’s out and reported ready for full business use.
What? You think you noticed that my testing will come to an end?
Well, you’re right, testing of Exchange 2007 will temporarily be shut down, but only to rise from the ashes in my new enviroment, where I will test a migration scenario that is as closely modeled to the real word as possible.
I will be using 2 Supermicro servers, both equipped with 2 dual Core 64Bit HT Xeons, that makes 8 virtual CPUs per machine, and 12 GB RAM each, connected to 2 Promise M500i SAN enclosures stuffed with 500GB SATAII drives.
All fully virtualized to provide a peak of 10 virtual servers, having like 2 gig RAM each, able to access about 5 terrabyte disk space.
I guess that will be enough to simulate a few Server 2003 R2 DCs, some Exchange 2003 & Exchange 2007 Boxes 🙂