Whitepaper: Running Microsoft Exchange Server in a virtual machine using VMware ESX Server

VMware released this great paper about deploying one of the most troublesome and critical Microsoft back-end server, Exchange Server 2003:

Here the table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • Problem Statement
  • Business Needs
  • Executive Summary
  • Architecture
  • Introduction to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
  • Introduction to VMware ESX Server
  • VMware Terminology
  • VMware ESX Server
  • VMware ESX Server Architectures
  • VMware as an Alternative
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Virtualized Exchange Solutions
  • Deployment Options
  • Hardware Configuration
  • Software Configuration
  • Exchange Server Deployment Tools
  • Exchange Server 2003 Use Case: Design and Architecture at VMware
  • Hardware Design and Configuration
  • ESX Server Configuration
  • Exchange
  • Server Configuration
  • Conclusion

An absolute must read.