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Hardware configuration - 11.Mar.2008 5:21:31 PM   


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I am looking to see what others have found to be a good hardware design when addressing a user base 200 - 900 end users.  How would you design the hard drive configuration such as RAD 1 for OS, RAID 1 for application and Log Files and RAID 1+0 for database files.

Also another question for someone would be how large would you allow an EX12 database grow before you created a second database to help split the load.

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RE: Hardware configuration - 11.Mar.2008 8:43:47 PM   


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200 users and 900 users is quite different.
Plus there are loads of factors that need to be taken in to account.

As a rough rule of thumb you should be looking at around 50gb per mailbox store.
At least separate arrays for the transaction logs and the databases. If you are going to have high traffic then you might want to consider multiple pairs of arrays so that everything can be split.



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RE: Hardware configuration - 12.Mar.2008 8:07:22 AM   


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Thanks, this is what I was looking for.  I understand that everything will be based on load factors, I just wanted a rough idea of storage design to help my sales folks.  As for the true storage design I know there are lots of things to consider when designing a solution and Microsoft along with MSEXCHANGE.ORG have tons of information.

Thanks again.

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