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Three Mistakes WHAT COULD GO wrong when you virtualize exchange? A lot. But these problems aren’t exclusive to Exchange; issues can happen when consolidating any complex application. No matter which vendor you choose, plan the project thoroughly to avoid these common mistakes.
1. Ignoring best practices. You may not like to read the directions, but when it comes to best practices, it’s a mistake to skip that step. Microsoft won’t support your virtual exchange infrastructure if you don’t follow best practices, and you’ll likely suffer poor performance or an outage.
2. Improperly sizing virtual machines. If you don’t size virtual machines (VMs) correctly, Exchange VMs could suffer from poor performance or a downtime could occur. After sizing Exchange VMs, continue to monitor performance carefully. Microsoft’s best practices guide and Exchange 2010 on VMware—Designing and Sizing Examples contain specific sizing information for each VM running various Exchange roles.
3. Using undersized servers and storage. Physical server CPU and RAM must be large enough to support the demands of the multiple Exchange VMs as well as any other VMs running on the same virtual infrastructure. The performance of shared storage (storage area networks and networked-attached storage) is especially important to a virtual infrastructure, since all VMs will be stored there. Continuously monitor server and storage performance as demands on your Exchange infrastructure increase over time.
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