RE: FW: RE: Front-End server specs-addendum

  • From: "Adrian Bolzan" <adrianb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 13:02:40 +1100

Hi,

Thanks for your response.  (I have been on Annual Leave so did not reply
sooner.)

I have looked at the Capacity Plannin calculator but failed to see any
mention of FE servers except in the Configuartion sheet.
However, given the low load that that it predicts for our BE servers I
imagine that the specs I have given for the FEshould be 
 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sarbjit Singh Gill [mailto:ssgill@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
> Sent: Friday, 29 October 2004 4:07 PM
> To: [ExchangeList]
> Subject: [exchangelist] RE: FW: RE: Front-End server specs-addendum
> 
> http://www.MSExchange.org/
> 
>  
> The server spec you listed below is truly more than enough 
> for the kind of connections you are going to have. I assume 
> you have your firewalls in place for hosting your front-end 
> server. Remember the FE can be running with minimal of 
> services. As a matter of fact you can even bring down the 
> Information Store Service, since you won't be holding any mailboxes.
> 
> Hardening Exchange 2003 Servers
> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E
> 2k3SecHardGuid
> e/9b55d1bd-62b5-44c6-b28d-62ef43eee532.mspx
>  or
> http://tinyurl.com/578g6
> 
> 
> As for capacity planning, there is a Exchange 2000 Capacity 
> Planning & Topology Calculator 
> (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;32623
> 9). Since Exchange 2000 and exchange 2003 is not a major 
> upgrade, this tool could still be very relevant.
> 
> Finally the "Planning an Exchange Server 2003 messaging 
> system" guide is available at Microsoft since 2 Oct, 2004. It 
> is a good read for you. Some details could be irrelevant to 
> you but reading it through once would be useful. You would 
> know what the true capability of your exchange environment. 
> Could help you plan for the future.
> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/lib
> rary/messsyst.
> mspx
> 
> 
> /Gill
> 
> 
> > I hope that I may get away with:
> > CPU = high-end celeron or P4
> > RAM = 1GB
> > HDD: not sure, but I imagine just IDE as I doubt this is essential.
> > 
> > 
> > This may be naïve but I can only hope...
> > 
> > Cheers,
> > Adrian
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > > 
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: AdrianB [mailto:adrianb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> > > > Sent: Friday, October 29, 2004 8:08 AM
> > > > To: [ExchangeList]
> > > > Subject: [exchangelist] Front-End server specs
> > > > 
> > > > http://www.MSExchange.org/
> > > > 
> > > > Hi,
> > > > 
> > > > I have been toying with the idea of implementing a
> > Front-End server
> > > > for our company.
> > > > 
> > > > I would like some advice on the specs for the server. There
> > > are a few
> > > > web pages on this but assume you have about 5000 clients,
> > > etc.  A bit
> > > > larger than our company, anyway... And given my limited
> > > budget, using
> > > > Australian dollars...
> > > > 
> > > > 
> > > > Current Infrastructure:
> > > > 3 x Exchange 2003 Back-end servers
> > > > - each in a different city, linked back to Head office and the 
> > > > internet through Private WAN (SDSL).
> > > > 
> > > > We only have about 150 clients total Total number of
> > emails per day
> > > > = 4000 Number of staff accessing the FE server at any one
> > time : max
> > > > 10, which will grow but not very rapidly.
> > > > 
> > > > Thanks for any assitance...
> > > > 
> > > > 
> > > >   
> > > > Cheers,
> > > > Adrian
> > > > 
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