Microsoft Exchange Server is really designed for use with physical hardware—and virtualization adds another layer of complexity. This white paper by MVP Brien Posey explains several best practices for successfully virtualizing Exchange:
- Always use a hypervisor that Microsoft fully supports
- Allocate sufficient hardware resources to Exchange Server, but avoid overcommitting or dynamically adjusting allocations
- Be sure your storage complies with Microsoft’s requirements—it should perform well and be resilient
- Avoid manipulating state data—problems may result if you resume Exchange Server from a saved state or roll back a snapshot
And once the Exchange environment is virtualized, you’ll be able to take advantage of e-discovery and granular recovery from backups provided by Veeam® Explorer™ for Microsoft Exchange.