Exchange Server

Minimum System Hardware & Software Component Requirement for Exchange 2007.

 

Before installing the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, You have understand the exchange server roles, How it works, Versions of exchange server 2007, What are the minimum Hardware/Software & Domain services required, How to prepare the Domain Active directory services, What is the domain/forest network Infrastructure.

If all these requirements are meets accordingly then go for exchange server 2007 installation.

Versions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Build number and release date

Mainly two editions of exchange server 2007 are available in the market for Small/Medium and Large organization.

1)   Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Enterprise Edition

This is extended to 50 databases in up to 50 storage groups. Supports LCR (Local Continuous Replication), SCR (Standby Continuous Replication), SCC (Single Copy Clustering), and CCR (Clustered Continuous Replication).

2)   Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Standard Edition

Can have 5 databases in up to 5 storage groups. Supports LCR (Local Continuous Replication) and SCR (Standby Continuous Replication).

Product name

Build number

Date

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

8.0.685.24

12/9/2006

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

8.0.685.25

12/9/2006

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1

8.1.240.6

11/29/2007

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP2

8.2.176.2

8/24/2009

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP3

8.3.083.6

6/20/2010

For More Detailsclick here -http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/240.exchange-server-and-update-rollups-build-numbers.aspx

Hardware Requirement -

  • Processor - For 32 bit Exchange server 2007, requires an Intel Pentium or compatible 800-megahertz (MHz) or faster 32-bit processor, Only for testing and training not for production environment. For 32 bit exchange server Management tools  Click Here to download.

  • For 64 bit Exchange server 2007, Require x64 architecture-based computer with Intel processor (EM64T), AMD64, Intel Itanium IA64 not supported.

  • Memory - Minimum 2GB of RAM is require, Recommended RAM is 2GB per server and 5MB RAM per mailbox

For complete planning of memory configuration accordingly server roles and more Click Here

Exchange server role

Minimum per server

Recommended

Maximum

Edge Transport

2 GB

1 GB per core (2 GB minimum)

16 GB

Hub Transport

2 GB

1 GB per core (2 GB minimum)

16 GB

Client Access

2 GB

2 GB per core (2 GB minimum)

16 GB

Unified Messaging

2 GB

1 GB per core (2 GB minimum)

4 GB

Mailbox

2 GB; also depends on number of storage groups

2 GB plus from 2 megabytes (MB) to 5 MB per mailbox.

32 GB

  • Paging File size - Example, If you have total 8GB of RAM in your server, minimum page file size that is the amount of RAM plus 10 MB, A recommended page file size that is the amount of RAM multiplied by 1.5.

For how memory and pagefile work Click Here, More about memory dump file Click Here

  • HDD Space - For installation minimum require 1.2 GB, An additional 500 MB for each Unified Messaging (UM) language pack. Should be 200MB free disk space on system drive and 500MB of free space in Exchange server 2007 SP1 for Edge Transport server or Hub Transport server.

  • File Format - Disk partitions should be formatted as NTFS file systems in, System partition, Exchange file storage partition like - Exchange binary files, storage group files, Including log files, Database files, other Exchange files.

Supported Operating System -

Exchange server 2007 SP3 can be install on Windows Server 2003 SP2, Server 2003 R2 SP2, Server 2008, Server 2008 SP2, Server 2008 R2, Server 2008 R2 SP1. 32-bit Exchange 2007 architecture is not supported on the Microsoft Windows on 64-bit Windows. Management tools can be installed on Windows Xp Sp2/3, Vista SP1/2, And Windows 7.

NNTP and SMTP service must not be installed on Operating System.

 

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Network and Active Directory Services Environment -

Domain functional level - Should use at least Windows 2000 Server native or Server 2003 domain functional level for all domains in the Active Directory forest where you will install Exchange 2007.

Forest functional level - The forest functional level must be Windows Server 2003 in each forest that contains Exchange servers.

Active Directory domain names - Previous versions of Microsoft Exchange supported the renaming of Active Directory domains that contained Exchange servers. Exchange 2007 does not support renaming domains that contain computers running Exchange 2007.

Schema master - By default, the schema master runs on the first Windows Server 2003 domain controller installed in a forest.

Global catalog server - You must have at least one global catalog server that is running Windows Server 2003 SP1 or a later version in every ADDA where you need to install Exchange 2007.

Domain Controller / Active Directory Preparation - Must prepare Active Directory and your domain (Prepare schema, Prepare AD & etc) before  installation of Exchange 2007. For details how to do this see the article - Installation of Exchange Server 2007.

[Note:-Recommended According to Microsoft-

For security and performance reasons, we recommend that you install Exchange 2007 only on member servers, and not on Active Directory directory servers. Although installing Exchange 2007 on a directory server is supported, it is strongly discouraged. However, you cannot run DCPromo on a computer running Exchange 2007. After Exchange 2007 is installed, changing its role from a member server to a directory server, or vice versa, is not supported.

If you install Exchange 2007 on a global catalog server, and if you restart the server, you may need to start the required Exchange services manually. For more information, see Knowledge Base article 940845, Exchange 2007 services cannot start automatically after you install Exchange 2007 on a global catalog server.]

Software or Operating System Component -

Windows Features And Component -

For check Windows Installer version Go to Command Prompt and type - msiexec, See the below image

IIS/Web Server Roles

  • Common HTTP Features

Static Content, Default Document, Directory Browsing, HTTP Errors

  • Application Development

ISAPI Extensions

  • Health and Diagnostics

HTTP Logging, Request Manager

  • Security

Basic Authentication, Digest Authentication, Windows Authentication, Request Filtering

  • Performance

Static Content Compression, Dynamic Content Compression

  • Management

IIS Management Console, IIS 6 Management Compatibility, IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility, IIS 6 Management Console

 

Server Role wise software or OS component requirement -

For Server Roles

Component / Software

Mailbox

Internet Information Services (IIS)

Mailbox

COM+ access (IIS 6.0 component)

Mailbox

KB904639 (Update hotfix) if you Install on server 2003 X64 platform. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5407

Mailbox & Client Access

World Wide Web Publishing Service (W3SVC)

Client Access

ASP.NET version 2.0

Client Access

Remote procedure call (RPC) over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Windows Networking component for providing access to Microsoft Outlook Anywhere

Client Access

Distributed Transaction Coordinator service

Unified Messaging

Microsoft Exchange Speech Engine service

Unified Messaging

Microsoft Windows Media Encoder

Unified Messaging

Microsoft Windows Media Audio Voice Codec

Unified Messaging

Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0

Edge Transport

Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM)

Edge Transport

Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS)

Edge Transport

Configure DNS suffix

Client Access, Edge Transport, Hub Transport, Mailbox, Unified Messaging

NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol must be installed

Client Access, Edge Transport, Hub Transport, Mailbox, Unified Messaging

AppleTalk protocols must be installed

 

Client Computer/Device -

Outlook - Outlook 2002 but not with Exchange server 2007 SP3 or latest, Microsoft Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007 etc

Mobile Devices - Any mobile Operating System with Exchange ActiveSync, Windows Mobile 6.0/7.0 or latest versions.

Client Application/Software that uses Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3) and Internet Message Access Protocol 4 (IMAP4).

Outlook Web Access - Internet explorer 6 / 7 / 8 / 9, Safari, Firefox, Netscape, Opera

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MICROSOFT EXCHANGE SERVER 2003 / 2007 / 2010 Version

Exchange is a popular Microsoft messaging system that includes a mail server, an e-mail program (e-mail client), and groupware applications. Designed for use in a business setting, the Exchange server is often used in conjunction with Microsoft Outlook to take advantage of Outlook's collaborative features, such as the ability to share calendars and contact lists.      
 
What is Outlook Web Access?
Outlook Web Access (OWA) is a form of webmail for Exchange Servers. OWA allows someone with an Exchange Server account to connect with a web browser to send and receive his email, check his calendar and view his contacts list. It provides basic Exchange Server service while providing easy to use access through any web browser. It is ideal for someone traveling or needing to access work email from home where Entourage is not available.
 
Versions of Exchange Server
 
Exchange 1.1
Windows Messaging, initially  called  Microsoft Exchange, is an  e-mail  client that was  included  with Windows  95 (beginning   with  OSR2),  Windows 98,  and  Windows NT 4.0. (In Windows 98,  it is  not  installed   by  default, but  available as a  separate program in  the setup CD.) Microsoft Exchange gained wider usage  with the release of Windows 95, as this was  the only   e-mail  client  that came bundled with it. Exchange was included throughout later releases of Windows up  until the initial  release  of Windows   98,  which by    then   also   included  Outlook Express 4.0.
 
Exchange Server 4.0
Exchange Server 4.0,  released on  June 11,  1996, was the   original   version  of  Exchange Server sold  to  the public, positioned as an upgrade to Microsoft Mail 3.5. Exchange Server was however an entirely new X.400-based client-server mail system with a single database store that also supported X.500 directory services.
 
Exchange Server 5.0
On May 23, 1997, Exchange Server 5.0 was released, which introduced the new Exchange Administrator console, as well as opening up "integrated" access to SMTP-based networks for the first time.Exchange Server 5.0 could, with the help of an add-in called the Internet Mail Connector, communicate directly with servers using (reference missing) . Version 5.0 also introduced a new Web-based e-mail interface Exchange Web Access, this was rebranded as Outlook Web Access in a later Service pack.
Exchange Server 5.5, introduced November, 1997, was sold in two editions, Standard and Enterprise. They differ in database store size, mail transport connectors and clustering capabilities. The Standard Edition had the same 16 GB database size limitation as earlier versions of Exchange Server, while the Enterprise Edition had an increased limit of 16 TB
 
Exchange Server 2003
Exchange Server 2003 (v6.5) debuted on September 28, 2003. Exchange Server 2003 (Latest in SP 2) can be run on Windows 2000 Server only with Service Pack 4 and 32-bit Windows Server 2003.
Exchange Server 2003 has many compatibility modes to allow users to slowly migrate to the new system. This is useful in large companies with distributed Exchange Server environments who cannot afford the downtime and expense that comes with a complete migration.
ExchangeServer 2003 is available in two versions, Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition. Both are install only 32 bit (not 64 bit) windows server 2003 standard or enterprises edition
Standard Edition
It supports up to two storage groups (with one of the storage groups, and one is reserved for database recovery operations) and a maximum of 2 databases per storage group. Each database is limited to a maximum size of 16GB. And in Service Pack 2, it allows a maximum database size of 75 GB, but by default 18 GB only. You can increase by edit to the registry.
Enterprise Edition
It allows a 16 TB maximum database size, and supports up to 4 storage groups with 5 databases per storage group for a total of 20 databases per server.
 
Exchange Server 2007
Exchange Server 2007 was released on November 30, 2006, to business customers as part of Microsoft's roll-out wave of new products. It includes new clustering options, 64-bit support for greater scalability, voice mail integration, better search and support for Web services, better filtering options, and a new Outlook Web Access interface.
Exchange Server 2007 (v8, code name E12, or with SP1 v8.1) runs only on 64-bit x86-64 versions of Windows Server.
Exchange server 2007 comes in two editions,
Exchange Server 2007 Standard edition - Standard edition can have 5 databases in up to 5 storage groups.
Exchange Server 2007 Enterprise Edition
Enterprise edition this is extended to 50 databases in up to 50 storage groups.
New Features
  • Protection: anti-spam, antivirus, compliance, clustering with data replication, improved security and encryption
  • Improved Information Worker Access: improved calendaring, unified messaging, improved mobility, improved web access
  • Improved IT Experience: 64-bit performance & scalability, command-line shell & simplified GUI, improved deployment, role separation, simplified routing
 
Exchange Server 2010
Microsoft reached the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) milestone for Exchange Server 2010 on October 8, 2009, and was officially launched on November 9, 2009. Exchange Server 2010 is available in two server editions; Standard edition and Enterprise edition.

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