Your complete guide to Exchange Server virtualization

Exchange Server virtualization 101

Exchange Server virtualization provides flexibility, lower operational costs and has other benefits, but virtualizing this mission-critical application makes some administrators nervous.

If you’re intrigued by Exchange Server virtualization, but not sure where to begin, you’ve come to the right place. This guide provides information for every skill level -- from server virtualization basics to tips and tricks for optimizing virtual Exchange 2007 or Exchange Server 2010 environments.

Table of contents:

Exchange Server virtualization -- Getting started

Exchange virtualization explained
If you are new to the world of Exchange Server virtualization, read this tip to learn which server roles to virtualize, how to prevent a failure and much more.

Hyper-V versus VMware for Exchange virtualization
Deciding between VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V for Exchange virtualization can be difficult. Use this tip to compare how the two server virtualization products stack up in terms of cost, features and support.

How to build a virtual Exchange test lab
Virtual test labs provide a way to learn about new versions of Exchange Server without incurring the cost of physical labs. Here's how to create your own virtual Exchange lab.

Exchange 2010 virtualization

Do this before virtualizing Exchange Server 2010
Creating a virtual Exchange server is similar to creating a physical one, but there are some important differences to be aware of. Use these five steps before virtualizing Exchange Server 2010.

Virtualizing Exchange 2010: Hardware requirements
Make sure you meet these hardware requirements for virtual Exchange Server 2010 to ensure optimal email performance.

Prioritize backups for virtualized Exchange 2010 servers
Exchange admins focus on the backup half of backup and restore, but determining which restores are most important and how quickly they should complete can save you valuable time when virtualizing Exchange 2010 servers.

High-availability mistakes to avoid when virtualizing Exchange 2010
Exchange 2010 includes many high-availability options, but they aren’t easy to piece together correctly. Don’t make these four mistakes when creating a highly available virtual Exchange Server 2010 environment.

Advice for virtualizing Exchange 2010 server roles
Proper Exchange 2010 server role configuration makes all the difference in virtualization performance. Follow our expert's advice to get it right.

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. Here’s where fragmentation occurs and how to keep it from impacting I/O.

Exchange Server 2010 on VMware: Why daily monitoring is a must 
Monitoring Exchange Server 2010 on VMware vSphere will ensure you benefit from virtualization. Learn which components you should keep a close eye on.

Five steps to preparing for Exchange virtualization failures
It’s inevitable -- your virtualized Exchange servers will break down. Prepare for the worst with these steps to making the recovery process quick.

Common virtualized Exchange breakdowns
Your virtualized Exchange Server is bound to fail at some point. Learn some common causes of failure to resolve virtualized Exchange problems quickly.

Free virtual appliance helps load balance Exchange 2010 deployments
Looking for an effective -- and free -- tool to load-balance your Exchange 2010 environment? If you're Linux-savvy, you're in luck. If not, you can still use this virtual appliance in your lab environment.

Exchange 2007 virtualization

How to consolidate workloads through Exchange Server 2007 virtualization
If you want to consolidate Exchange Server 2007 workloads using virtualization, you need to plan properly. Follow these steps to learn the art of Exchange Server consolidation.

Top Exchange Server 2007 virtualization considerations
Learn why grouping externally facing servers is a good safety precaution when consolidating workloads and how Exchange 2007 server roles play into your virtualization project.

Five tips to keep in mind before virtualizing Exchange 2007
Be sure to take support and server consolidation ratios and these other factors into account before virtualizing Exchange Server 2007.