Crash Course

Exchange Server 2003 storage management options

Choosing the appropriate type of storage system is critical to creating a successful and efficient Exchange Server 2003 deployment. Exchange Server supports three primary types of storage technologies: storage area networks (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS), and direct-attached storage (DAS). In this crash course, I explain how each option works and discuss its advantages and disadvantages for Exchange Server storage management.


 Home: Introduction
 Part 1:

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Microsoft's Exchange Server storage recommendations
 Part 2: RAID configuration options for Exchange Server storage
 Part 3: Using a SAN for Exchange Server storage
 Part 4: Using NAS for Exchange Server storage
 Part 5: Using DAS for Exchange Server storage
 Part 6: Related resources on Exchange Server storage management

Brien M. Posey, MCSE
Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Exchange Server, and has previously received Microsoft's MVP award for Windows Server and Internet Information Server (IIS). Brien has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once responsible for the Department of Information Management at Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, Brien has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit Brien's personal Web site at

This was first published in October 2007

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