Server configuration for an Exchange Server

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I am knew to Exchange Server and want to get a few questions answered from people using Exchange. I am looking to create an Exchange Sever that will serve 50-75 users. I have a few, hopefully basic, questions. First is the server itself. I was looking into a Dell server because the company already has Dell. Specifcally the PowerEdge 2850 rack-mounted servers. I looked into the minimum requirements and Microsoft seems to think you could run Exchange on a Nintendo 64. I was interested in some reccomendations of hardware selection. One processor or two? How much disk space? I know I have not given a great deal of specifics, but these are just average users. User CALs. I believe I have to purchase Windows 2003 server and install Exchange Server on the Windows 2003 server and I need CALs for both. Is this correct? Do I need a CALs per email address? I think you can configure it to be User-based or Device-based. I think user-based CALs would work best because many users have multiple devices. I am a little confused on how the CALs work with Exchange. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, I need to purchase a server that will be a Domain controller with Active Directory installed. I assume I would want two different servers for the 50-70 users? or could one handle the role? Any reccomendation on hardware specs for the DC? Let me know what you think or if you have additional questions. Thanks for all your help.
ASKED: July 7, 2006  10:17 AM
UPDATED: July 12, 2006  2:43 PM

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All your questions will be answered by this going to microsoft.com and under search enter this search query
Ex2k3DepGuide.doc it will guide you to a download link and get a 2.5MB word document. That small document guided us for or upgrade from 2000 to 2003 as well as 5.5 to 2003. Its a goood document.

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  • Skepticals
    Thank you for the quick reply. I am downloading that document.
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  • ITfire
    Don't forget, if you get Small Business Server 2003 rather than Windows Server 2003 (Assuming you haven't bought the OS yet), Exchange comes with the OS and the CALs are taken care of by the OS Cals. Keep then in mind that an SBS 2003 CAL is much more expensive than a Windows Server 2003 CAL (almost 2x more) and that you can get at most 75 CALs for SBS 2003. Say you need to work with 75 comps (the maximum in your case): SBS 2003 (Includes Exchange & Exchange CALs): $600(w/ 5 CALs) + $500 *70 = $41,000 Windows Server 2003: $1,000(w/ 5 CALs) + $200 * 70 (subtotal: $15,000) + Echange Server 2003: $700 + $67 * 70 (Subtotal: $5,390) ------------- Total: $20,390 It seems you'd be better of buying Windows Server 2003 and Exchange server. On top of that, you have no limit on the amount of computers you can connect to your server.
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  • ITfire
    Sorry, I made some big calculation mistakes. Correction: SBS 2003 (Includes Exchange & Exchange CALs): $600(w/ 5 CALs) + $500 * 14 = $7,600 Windows Server 2003: $1,000(w/ 5 CALs) + $200 * 14 (subtotal: $3,800) + Echange Server 2003: $700 + $67 * 75 (Subtotal: $5,725) ------------- Total: $9,525 After corrections, it would end up cheaper to work with SBS 2003.
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