Tutorial: SAN storage for Microsoft Exchange Server

Learn the pros and cons of implementing a storage area network (SAN) for Microsoft Exchange Server and how SAN storage technology works.

  The reasons for deploying a storage area network (SAN) for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or Exchange 2007 are compelling. However, deploying SAN technology requires careful hardware planning and consideration. Learn the pros and cons of implementing SAN versus DAS, how SAN storage works, and why SAN can be cost-effective for large enterprises. In this tutorial, you'll also get an overview of storage management options (SAN, NAS and DAS); step-by-step instructions for deploying iSCSI SAN for Exchange Server 2003 or 2007; and tips and best practices for implementing a successful SAN deployment.

SAN storage for Exchange ebook

NEW! Reducing Exchange Server complexity with SANs
Selecting the proper storage solution in an Exchange Server 2007 environment requires careful consideration. Because they are more cost-efficient and scalable, iSCSI SANs are gaining popularity as the storage method of choice for many companies. In Chapter 3 of The Windows Manager's Guide to iSCSI SANs, learn more about topics associated with iSCSI SANs, including disk capacity, Exchange 2007 backups and high availability, protection against database corruption and improved disaster recovery.

SAN storage for Exchange tutorials and tips

NEW! Tutorial: Exchange Server 2007 high availability strategies and SANs
Exchange Server 2007 features three built-in high availability storage replication features: Standby Continuous Replication, Local Continuous Replication and Cluster Continuous Replication. Learn where each fits best in your Exchange 2007 environment and how they can be used with storage area networks to deliver a high level of server resiliency.

NEW! Benefits of SAN-based storage in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
The release of Exchange Server 2007 has forced administrators to re-think information store configurations. Managing Exchange Server 2007 stores using a SAN-based solution is gaining in popularity. Discover some SAN benefits and drawbacks to plan your Exchange 2007 infrastructure transition to SAN-based storage.

NEW! Why boot an Exchange server from a storage area network (SAN)?
Find out why implementing an Exchange Server boot from SAN technology is a major leap in providing storage resiliency and saving storage disk space.

NEW! Exchange Server 2007 hardware planning for continuous replication
When planning Exchange Server 2007 hardware requirements for continuous replication, consider using a storage area network. Surprisingly, a SAN may be a cost-effective storage option for large Exchange deployments compared to direct attached storage (DAS).

5 tips in 5 minutes: iSCSI SAN storage for Microsoft Exchange
In this excerpt from The Shortcut Guide to Exchange Server 2007 Storage Systems, author Jim McBee leads you through the process of implementing an iSCSI SAN storage system for Microsoft Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2007 using Windows Server 2003 and the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator software.

Crash Course: Exchange Server 2003 storage management options
Exchange Server 2003 supports three primary types of storage technologies: storage area networks (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS), and direct-attached storage (DAS). In this crash course, contributor Brien Posey explains how each option works and discusses its advantages and disadvantages for Exchange Server storage management.

How to implement iSCSI for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
Get step-by-step instructions on how to move your Exchange Server 2003 databases to offsite storage servers using iSCSI technology.

Exchange vendor snapshots and point-in-time copies
Storage vendors have solutions to cut down disaster recovery time for Exchange Server. Learn the pros and cons of vendor snapshots and point-in-time copies before choosing your support.

SAN storage for Exchange articles

Users turn to SANs to manage Exchange Server
Users say migrating Exchange Server stores to the SAN is helping the popular email application evolve.

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This was first published in June 2008

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