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Part 2: Server roles

Brien Posey

Hardware planning for Exchange almost always focuses on the system's CPU, memory and hard disk. There are a lot of articles on the Web that contain formulas you can use to figure out how much disk space or how much memory your server is going to need.

Rather than repeat the information that is contained in those articles and bore you with a bunch of formulas, I want to use this guide to instead talk about what hardware a server will really need based on its role.

Understanding a server's role is crucial to determining what hardware configuration would be most beneficial. Some of the many roles that Exchange Server can take on are mailbox server, public folder server, bridgehead server, gateway server, or front-end server.

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A PRIMER ON SERVER ROLES AND EXCHANGE HARDWARE

 Home: Introduction
 Part 1: Microsoft's hardware recommendations
 Part 2: Server roles
 Part 3: Mail servers
 Part 4: Public folder servers
 Part 5: Bridgehead servers
 Part 6: Gateway servers
 Part 7: Front-end servers
 Part 8: Conclusion
 Part 9: Related links

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   
Brien M. Posey, MCSE
Brien is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Windows 2000 Server and IIS. He has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, he has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies.
Copyright 2005 TechTarget

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