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Exchange 2007 configuration/optimization in Win 2008 SBS - 12.Nov.2009 1:35:05 PM   
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I am new to Win 2008 SBS and I need to configure MS Exchange. My Win 2008 SBS has 5 drives and I canít add additional drivers or reconfigure partitions. This is how the partitions are configured:
 
C:\ (system) total space 59.9GB free space: 30.9 GB
D:\ (data) total space: 930 GB     free space: 926 GB Raid 5
E:\ (data) total space: 85.4 GB free space: 85 GB
F:\ (recovery) space 2.99 GB free space: 1.70 GB
 
Partitions c: and e are on Raid-1
Partitions D:\ and F:\ are on RAID-5
 
I already moved mail store and public folder store to d:\ the log files I moved to f:\
 
Does anyone have a link to a good configuration and optimization manual/book/website for Win 2008 SBS? I would welcome any suggestions on Exchange 2007 configuration/optimization in Win 2008 SBS.
 
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RE: Exchange 2007 configuration/optimization in Win 200... - 12.Nov.2009 1:41:49 PM   
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Nothing that would help you. Your RAID sucks unfortunately and there's nothing you're going to be able to do about it.
The Logs should not be on f:\ you should move them to thr RAID1 E:\ drive. The write performance of your store is going to be constrained but you're running SBS so there's only so many users doing only so much work.

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RE: Exchange 2007 configuration/optimization in Win 200... - 12.Nov.2009 1:46:07 PM   
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Sorry, I said F:\ but I meant E:\. I also disabled circular loggin on both stores etc.

What about store limits? Right now I use default values.  

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RE: Exchange 2007 configuration/optimization in Win 200... - 12.Nov.2009 1:49:29 PM   
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You apply the limits that match the amount of space you are able to assign to Exchange. There are no best practices. Do what you need. High items count: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2008/06/03/448958.aspx in Outlook is the thing you need to keep an eye on and that's user-education rather than technological implementation.

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RE: Exchange 2007 configuration/optimization in Win 200... - 12.Nov.2009 2:57:48 PM   
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Thank you. I have few other questions.
Do you have good documentation on how to configure SSL/OWA in 2007?

I would like to change the response EHLO from  server-name.domainname.local to something more generic like domain.com. Do I just change it in Hub Transport\Default connectors? Should I even bother changing this setting? I don't want people for the outside to find out the name of this server by telneting to port 25 and echoing.

I am not happy about the array that I have to work with. I want to develop some basic standards for Win 2008 SBS for the future. If it was up to me, I would probably get a server with six drives and configure three partitions with RAID-1. What would you recommend?


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RE: Exchange 2007 configuration/optimization in Win 200... - 12.Nov.2009 3:20:00 PM   
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http://www.msexchange.org/search.asp?s=OWA#art and some other tutorials. Have a good wander around the site. You will get everything you need there.

The issue is SBS. There are some things that break with SBS unless you use those wizards. I don't touch it so don't ask me any questions on whether doing something manually will break something in SBS.

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RE: Exchange 2007 configuration/optimization in Win 200... - 12.Nov.2009 4:00:10 PM   
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Thank you for the link.

What about the RAID "standard"? What would you recommend?

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RE: Exchange 2007 configuration/optimization in Win 200... - 12.Nov.2009 4:18:31 PM   
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Due to the read/write ratio of Exchange over the years the advice has changed. In 5.5 RAID5 on databases made perfect sense. In 2003 and 2007 it's more appropriate to have RAID1 or RAID10. With your environment I'd leave it alone for now because it would be a lot of work to change.

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RE: Exchange 2007 configuration/optimization in Win 200... - 12.Nov.2009 4:48:05 PM   
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Thanks again. I agree with you, but I may have similar issue in the future and I want to make sure that buyers won't make the same mistake twice.

Once again thanks for help.

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