Guide: Exchange Server virtualization and Hyper-V

Interested in virtualizing Exchange with Hyper-V, but unsure where to start? This guide details cost savings, benefits gained, troubleshooting tips and more.

Although many shops choose VMware's vSphere to virtualize Exchange, Microsoft's Hyper-V is picking up steam -- and with good reason. Many admins like the familiarity of using two Microsoft technologies in concert, and Hyper-V was recently enhanced in the Windows Server 2012 release.

Whether you're interested in a shiny new virtualized Exchange Server deployment with Hyper-V, or considering a move from VMware, this guide has what you need. Get the most out of your deployment by learning all about potential cost savings, best practices, and new and improved features.

Table of contents:

Exchange Server virtualization explained

Intrigued by the prospect of virtualizing Exchange Server with Hyper-V, but unsure where to start? This tip discusses various advantages, requirements, general best practices and much more.

Hyper-V versus VMware for Exchange Server virtualization

After you've decided to virtualize Exchange Server, your next choice is whether to use Microsoft's Hyper-V or VMware's vSphere. Both virtualization platforms have their own pros and cons, so the decision is not an easy one. You can gain a solid understanding of what both hypervisors offer and make an informed decision by reading this tip.

The economic implications of Exchange Server virtualization

Many admins point to cost savings as a primary driver behind the decision to virtualize Exchange Server. Exactly where those savings lie, however, isn't always obvious. Zero in on these three distinct areas during your Exchange virtualization project to get the most bang for your buck.

Best practices: Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 with Hyper-V

Virtualizing Exchange 2010 with Hyper-V hasn't been quite as popular as virtualizing Exchange with VMware vSphere, but it's certainly gaining ground. Understanding these five best practices will prove useful prior to virtualizing your environment.

Preventing fragmentation issues on virtualized Exchange 2010 mail servers

Keeping your virtualized Exchange 2010 mailbox server defragmented is easy if you know where to look. Discover exactly where fragmentation happens in Hyper-V and how to keep it from affecting I/O.

Hyper-V 3.0 improvements: Good enough to make Exchange shops ditch VMware?

Hyper-V 3.0 includes several new features and improvements that greatly benefit Exchange virtualization. Whether you're currently using VMware or considering Hyper-V 3.0 for Exchange Server virtualization, you'll want to read up on the various enhancements and changes.

Exchange 2013 storage considerations when virtualizing on Hyper-V

Practice caution when it comes to Exchange 2013 storage on Hyper-V and always remember these five crucial facts. They'll save you time and work in the long run.