It's been a while since we discussed the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator. Well I am pleased to say that today we are launching version 3.2 of the calculator.

This version includes the following improvements and new features:

  • Added processor core guidance for Hub Transport and Client Access server roles.
  • Added the ability to define a custom number of databases that you would like to implement in the solution.
  • Added support for 2-node site resilient Database Availability Groups.
  • Added 1 and 6 processor cores as selectable options.
  • Improved breakdown of the activation scenarios in a site resilient solution.
  • Improved breakout of the role requirements section.
  • The Storage Design tab now indicates that when you select a custom RAID configuration that the calculator ignores RAID-5 and RAID-6 for 5.xK and 7.2K spindles due to performance concerns.
  • Updated processor utilization results to show the processor utilization even if it is above the recommended threshold.
  • Made conditional formatting improvements throughout the calculator to warn you when you have a configuration that will not work.
  • Improved various cell comments.

This version also corrects the following bugs:

  • Fixed LUN Requirements tables to accurately reflect space requirements when database copies are deployed as each server may not host all database copies.
  • Fixed conditions that resulted in -1 lagged copies.
  • Improved the active database copies after first/second server failure calculations:
    • We now calculate and expose the worst case scenario (the server that has to host the most active databases) is used in sizing memory and CPU.
    • We now ensure that the secondary datacenter calculations only consider double server failures when there are 3+ HA copies located in the secondary datacenter.
  • Removed maximum memory stipulation in the minimum ESE cache memory calculation.

Hey where is Active/Active?

And for those that I know will ask, this version of the calculator does not include the Active/Active user distribution site resiliency scenario. For those that need that scenario, what I recommend is the following:

  1. Launch two versions of the calculator.
  2. Populate the first version for the first DAG in your design. This DAG (DAG1) will utilize Datacenter 1 as its primary location (and thus its user population is based out of Datacenter 1). It has site resiliency by having servers and database copies located in Datacenter 2 that can be activated in the event Datacenter 1 is lost.
  3. Populate the second version for the second DAG in your design. This DAG (DAG2) will utilize Datacenter 2 as its primary location (and thus its user population is based out of Datacenter 2). It has site resiliency by having servers and database copies located in Datacenter 1 that can be activated in the event Datacenter 2 is lost.
Datacenter 1 Datacenter 2
DAG1 Active Passive
DAG2 Passive Active

By implementing the architecture in this way, you can ensure that for the majority of scenarios except loss of datacenter, the users remain operational in their primary datacenter location.

Conclusion

Hopefully you will find this calculator invaluable in helping to determine your mailbox server role requirements for Exchange 2010 mailbox servers. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email strgcalc AT microsoft DOT com.

For the explanation of different tabs and how the calculator works, go here. Yup, we updated that too!

Finally, to get the new calculator - go here.

Taken from :

You Had Me At EHLO... : Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator Updated to Version 3.2
http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2010/01/22/453859.aspx