RE: Exchange Server Hardware Upgrade

  • From: "Tetzlaff, Ryan" <rtetzlaff@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 6 May 2002 10:47:19 -0500

I'm no expert, but considering the number of users connecting to your exchange 
server, the machine you have now sounds like overkill compared to what we have. 
We have approximately 90 employees and also use OWA. Our mail server is running 
Exchange 2000 and is only used for mail and as a backup domain controller.
The only problem we have with our current hardware situation is disk space. 
Here's what we're running: a PIII 450 (single processor) with 512 MB ram. 
However, we do have SCSI drives which I'm sure would make a slight difference 
in performance. I'm usually pretty anal about checking cpu usage, and we're 
constantly hovering at 4-8% usage. 
I guess if you planned on using this machine for hosting files or other 
applications, you'd probably want to go a heftier route.
It'd be interesting to see what others are using... 

-----Original Message-----
From: Debbie Blackwell [mailto:DebbieBlackwell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, May 06, 2002 9:59 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Exchange Server Hardware Upgrade

I am in the midst of getting proposals for an replacing my Exchange server 
(hardware)  We run Exchange 2000 and I am having serious performance issues.  I 
am getting conflicting recommendations from different sources on how much power 
I need.  I have 60 users accessing this server and probably need to consider 
another 20 users in the next 1 to 2 years for growth.  We use it to access 
webmail from remote sites as well as the corporate office.  
We were a start-up company that has grown quickly.  Because we watched costs 
early on we used what would work without spending any extras.  Right now I use 
a PIII 933 megahertz dual processors 512 Ram with IDE drives.  I have had two 
consultant-types tell me that is my problem.  I have one consultant type 
telling me I have enough power.  
I am considering moving up to a "real" server with dual 1.8 xeon processors 
P4s, 2 gigs Ram, and 4 36Gig Ultra 160 SCSI Hard Drives w/ room to add more 
drives.  One consultant says this is overkill while 2 other consultants say 
this is what I need.  

Debbie Blackwell 
Cachet Homes 
Office  480.556.7017 
Fax  480.556.7001 
Cell  602.989.5625 

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