RE: Upgrading Exch 5.5/Win2K Srv to 2003 versions

  • From: "Jeffrey Robillard" <jrobill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 11:20:00 -0400

outside of upgrading to a faster box so that mail is delivered before you sent 
it the only wow factor to the end user is OWA.   outlook is outlook, regardless 
of your backend.  However, OWA is much better in Exchange 2k and Exchange 5.x.
We had the same situation..  Proliant 1850 maxed out with 1gb of ram.   Thing 
was a pig, locked up about every 3 days and when you sent a message in outlook 
it could take 30 seconds before outlook would come back to life.
Our new Dell Poweredge  ($8000) cranks.    I can actually use the system 
manager tools on the server now without it dying.. and whats a reboot?

-----Original Message-----
From: Gene O'Brien [mailto:Gene@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 11:04 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Upgrading Exch 5.5/Win2K Srv to 2003 versions

Hi All,
I've reached the end of my patience with our current Exchange 5.5 server 
running on a very old Compaq Proliant with Windows 2000 Server (Dual 600MHz 
I took over administration of this thing about 6 months ago - over the years it 
has had so much crap put onto it... all sorts of demo programs (4 or 5 
different anti-virus programs, 3 different backup demos, etc), and it's just 
gotten to the point where I can't fumigate it enough to keep it running without 
drastic slowdowns and crashes all the time.
We're a relatively small shop - 30 users.  I want to upgrade us to a nice new 
inexpensive Dell server, running Windows 2003 Server with Exchange 2003, and 
basically start all over again with a nice clean install - hopefully leaving 
the nightmares behind me!
Problem is, the boss is the type who complains if you spend $20 on a cable 
without having a damned good reason for it.  I've tried talking sense to him 
about how Exchange 5.5 is not a current product, Microsoft is retiring regular 
support for it in a few months, the server is old and in bad shape, etc.. but 
what I really need is a 'wow' list.  What can I show him that makes him realize 
it's worth investing several thousand dollars to ring out the old and ring in 
the new?  
Does anyone have a 'highlights' chart or list like this?  I'm not looking for 
something that shows me how much easier it is to manage, how it integrates 
better with our AD structure, or anything like that... his answer to that is 
that 'i'm the administrator, i should be able to make it work'.  What i'm 
looking for is - what will the end user see as benefit?  What great new 'can't 
live without features' will they see?
Anyone have an input for me on this one?
Thanks very much!
Gene O'Brien
Network Administrator
Three Cities Research
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