Hardware requirements for an Exchange mailbox server

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We have to implement an Exchange 2010 system with 45 mailboxes... what's the minimum server hardware requirement for a system that size?

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Here are the general system requirements.

As you can tell, the server doesn’t need to be too beefy. For 45 mailboxes, you can get by with a 3000 series Intel processor and as little as 4GB of RAM, but since it is a critical app, I would recommend a 5500 series processor with at least 8 GB of RAM.

Storage is very important to Exchange. I would recommend 15K RPM hard drives only. To optimize your storage performance, plan for 3 partitions: OS, Translation Logs, Database. RAID 1 for the OS and Transaction Logs, and RAID 10 for the database.

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