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  • Blog Post: Hardware sizing for Exchange Server 2010

    I get asked this quite a bit by my education customers. How can I get a good estimate for sizing my Mailbox Server, Hub Transport, Client Access Server and Storage?    The latest and greatest Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator v3.2 has some nice new sizing capabilities such as the...
  • Blog Post: What are the preliminary beta CS14 hardware specs?

    “Frontend” (FE) Spec •CPU 8 cores (Dual Quad-Core) 2.00 GHz+ •12 gigabytes (GB) RAM •Attached storage (hard disk drive 10,000 rpm+, 72GB+) •Applicable to other roles (Edge, Monitoring/Archiving) •2 network interface cards (NICs) 1 GB per second (GBps)+ “Backend” (BE) Spec •Central processing unit (CPU...
  • Blog Post: The official Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool shipped today

    A lot of my customers have been asking when this was coming since they wanted to begin planning for their virtualized and physical Lync server deployments. This tool has quite a few improvements over the RC planning tool. I pointed out some them below. This tool has a new virtualization option in the...
  • Blog Post: OCS 2007 R2 Hardware and OS requirements

      64-bit only As you know, R2 is moving to a 64-bit only platform to achieve greater scalability. 32-bit versions of OCS 2007 R2 will no longer be supported in production. This lines up with Exchange and other products moving this direction.   What OS can I run R2 on? All roles of Office Communications...
  • Blog Post: How do I size and stress test my Lync servers?

    This is a question I get a lot from my customers. In addition to using the new Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool, we just shipped a few tools to help you with the sizing of your Lync servers whether physical or virtual. Two new tools have just shipped to help here: Lync Server 2010 Capacity Calculator grab...