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server specs - 30.Jan.2005 8:18:00 PM   
terry712

 

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i'm afraid i'm very new to exchange so a bit clueless

i'm just starting testing on an upgrade from 5.5 to 2003 , i'm going to use completely new hardware though . in my testing lab - the exchange 5.5 are bdc's to replicate current setup, the confusing thing was that it allowed me to upgrade the forest and domain level to 2003 with these in place - i didnt think it was suppose to allow this - is it best to do this or ?

also i if i login to someone who has email still on a 5.5 box - the address book has duplicate entries for everyone , login as a new 2003 account and the address book is ok - is this something i have screwed up on or is it a tick or something.

sorry for so long

i'm going to use two servers for exchange and was thinking of another one for owa - is this the preferred or ?

also what way should the disks be setup.
i will probably use dl380's with a split backblane so that i have 2 array controllers - raid 1 for the os and some logs or whatever - and then not sure if it's better to be raid 1 or 5 (docs seem to switch)
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RE: server specs - 30.Jan.2005 9:19:00 PM   
Henrik Walther

 

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Below MS Papers willgive you answers to all your migration questions:

Download details: Upgrading Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003 in a Medium-Sized Organization:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=38F816A4-FB6A-4CDB-991C-2D8FF73B5CE5&displaylang=en

Exchange Server 2003 Deployment Guide:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/depguide.mspx

You don't need a dedicated OWA server (also known as a front-end server) as long as you only got one back-end server in your environment.

Sounds like a good idea with two array controllers for the RAIDs. RAID1 performs better when it comes to write performance, but it's often safer to take the RAID5 path.

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