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1 Microsoft Exchange 2010 on Dell Systems Simple Distributed Configurations Global Solutions Engineering Dell Product Group

2 Microsoft Exchange 2010 on Dell Systems Simple Distributed Configurations This document is for informational purposes only and may contain typographical errors and technical inaccuracies. The content is provided as is, without express or implied warranties of any kind Dell Inc. All rights reserved. Dell and its affiliates cannot be responsible for errors or omissions in typography or photography. Dell, the Dell logo, PowerEdge and PowerVault are trademarks of Dell Inc. Intel and Xeon are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Server are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Dell disclaims proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. January 2013 Rev 2.2 ii

3 Microsoft Exchange 2010 on Dell Systems Simple Distributed Configurations Contents Introduction... 5 Overview... 5 Finding Your Solution... 5 About the Simple Distributed Model... 5 Hardware... 6 Virtualization mailboxes, up to 3GB each, on PowerEdge R720xd... 7 Solution Requirements... 7 Architecture Diagram... 7 Recommended Solution ,000 Mailboxes, up to 3GB each, on PowerEdge R720xd... 9 Solution Requirements... 9 Architecture Diagram... 9 Recommended Solution ,500 Mailboxes, up to 3GB each, on PowerEdge 720xd with PowerVault MD Solution Requirements Architectural Diagram Recommended Solution ,000 Mailboxes, up to 1GB each, on PowerEdge R720xd Solution Requirements Architecture Diagram Recommended Solution ,000 Mailboxes, up to 5GB each, on PowerEdge R720xd with PowerVault MD Solution Requirements Architecture Diagram Recommended Solution ,000 Mailboxes, up to 3GB each, Multi-Site Configuration, on PowerEdge R620 with PowerVault MD Solution Requirements Architecture Diagram Recommended Solution ,500 Mailboxes, up to 1.5GB each, on PowerEdge R720xd Solution Requirements Architecture Diagram iii

4 Microsoft Exchange 2010 on Dell Systems Simple Distributed Configurations Recommended Solution ,000 Mailboxes up to 300 MB each on PowerEdge R720xd Solution Requirements Architecture Diagram Recommended solution ,000 Mailboxes, up to 4GB each, Multi-Site configuration, on PowerEdge R720xd with PowerVault MD Solution Requirements Architecture Diagram Recommended Solution iv

5 Introduction Overview This Microsoft Exchange 2010 solution architecture manual contains possible configurations that can be used to architect your Exchange 2010 infrastructure. Samples in the manual are intended to serve as a reference or example for organizations whose requirements are similar. Each organization s requirements can differ significantly, though, and include items not accounted for in these configurations (e.g. message hygiene or third-party archiving). For a configuration sized to your specific requirements, please contact your Dell representative or use the Dell Exchange 2010 Advisor tool at Dell.com/Exchange. Finding Your Solution Sample configurations for Microsoft Exchange on Dell server and storage hardware are provided in three manuals available from the Dell.com/Exchange landing page to help you find an appropriate solution for your needs. The three documents, which correspond to the three Dell Exchange 2010 architecture models, each contain multiple configurations of varying sizes, requirements and hardware choices. Small and Branch Office Model Configurations ideal for small and branch offices with up to 1,000 mailboxes. Simple Distributed Model (this manual): Configurations that are streamlined, dedicated to Exchange, use internal server storage or direct-attached storage (DAS) and take the most advantage of the new high availability (HA) and replication features of Exchange Agile Consolidated Model: Configurations optimized for a shared, consolidated, and possible virtualized infrastructure. About the Simple Distributed Model These configurations have been designed for larger organizations (1000+ mailboxes) primarily interested in simplicity and ease of management. The model leverages the high-availability and disaster recovery features native to Exchange Server 2010 to help deliver robust, highly available Exchange environments in a simple, cost-effective manner. In particular, the simple distributed model utilizes Exchange 2010 Multi-role (Mailbox,HUB,CAS) server and storage bricks that can be combined to cost-effectively deliver performance and high availability. A brick can be either a single storagedense rack server, such as the Dell PowerEdge 12th generation PowerEdge R720xd, or the R620 combined with direct attached storage (DAS), such as the Dell PowerVault MD1200/1220 enclosure. The External Storage Distributed model uses disk enclosures attached as DAS via a RAID controller to the Mailbox or Multi-role server. Compared to the Internal Storage Distributed Model, this model provides additional growth in terms of both capacity and IO per server by increasing the number of arrays connecting to each server. This model can make maximum use of server resources with multiple storage enclosures before scaling out the configuration for future expansion needs. This option typically fits the needs of large or growing organizations that require larger mailboxes and large IO requirements. 5

6 Hardware Sample solutions described in this manual use the following Dell equipment: PowerEdge R720xd PowerEdge R620 PowerVault MD1200 PowerVault MD1220 Click on the links to the product landing pages for additional information on each product. Virtualization Those configurations that employ hardware virtualization software assume a platform approved via Microsoft s Server Virtualization Validation Program. The sizing recommendations in this document are based on testing done on various versions of Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vsphere (including VMware ESX or VMware ESXi ). 6

7 1500 mailboxes, up to 3GB each, on PowerEdge R720xd This reference architecture utilizes the Multi-role server and storage bricks with internal storage. It has been sized to provide mailbox sizes of up to 3GB each. The Mailbox IO profile is sized for up to 150 messages per mailbox per day with 20% IO headroom to accommodate up to 0.18 IOPs per mailbox. This solution delivers high availability using Exchange 2010 mailbox resiliency with a two copy Database Availability Group (DAG). Both the active and passive copies are local. This solution does not offer site resiliency. Solution Requirements Number of mailboxes 1,500 Average user I/O profile (messages/day) Average mailbox size limit Total active/passive copies per database Not included in this solution 0.18 IOPs per user (~150 messages per day) Up to 3GB 2 copy DAG (1 active + 1 passive) Disaster recovery or site resiliency Additional server for Hub/CAS UM and Edge Roles Architecture Diagram 7

8 Recommended Solution Server Configurations Multi-role (Mailbox/Hub/CAS) server 2 x Dell PowerEdge R720xd servers with 3.5 drive bays 2 x Intel Xeon processor E product family (6 core or better per processor) 48GB of DDR3 Memory Number of DAGs 1 Servers per DAG 2 Number of Active and Passive Mailboxes per Server Storage Configuration Storage hardware Server 1: 900 active and 600 passive Server 2: 600 active and 900 passive 2 x PowerEdge R720xd server internal storage 4 back accessible drives for Operating System ( 2 each server) 20 data drives total ( 10 each server ) 2 Hot Spares (1 each server) 2 Restore LUN (1 each server) PERC H710P - Internal RAID controller Data volumes per mailbox server 5 Server 1: 3 active and 2 passive Server 2: 2 active and 3 passive Databases per volume 1 Mailboxes per database 300 Disk type RAID type Additional details 3.5" NL-SAS 7.2 K 2TB for data 2.5 SAS 10K 300GB for OS RAID 1 Exchange Data volume RAID 1 Operating System volume RAID 0 Restore LUN Databases and logs on the same volume 1 database and log set per drive Stripe size = 512KB NTFS allocation unit size = 64KB Redundant switch configuration; Private and Public networks configured as VLANs. Hardware load balancer required for balancing load among CAS servers 8

9 2,000 Mailboxes, up to 3GB each, on PowerEdge R720xd This reference architecture utilizes the Multi-role server and storage bricks with internal storage. It has been sized to provide mailbox sizes of up to 3GB each. The Mailbox IO profile is sized for up to 100 messages per mailbox per day with 20% IO headroom to accommodate up to 0.12 IOPs per mailbox. This solution is suitable for requirements of organizations which need smaller number of mailboxes with larger mailbox size. This solution delivers high availability using Exchange 2010 mailbox resiliency with a two copy Database Availability Group (DAG). Both the active and passive copies are local. This solution does not offer site resiliency. Solution Requirements Number of Mailboxes 2,000 Average user I/O profile (messages/day) Average mailbox size limit Total active/passive copies per database Not included in this solution Architecture Diagram 0.12 IOPS (~ 100 messages per day) Up to 3GB 2 Backup and recovery infrastructure Disaster recovery or site resiliency Additional server for Hub/CAS UM and Edge roles 9

10 Recommended Solution Server Configurations Multi-role (Mailbox/Hub/CAS) server 2 x PowerEdge R720xd server with 3.5 drive bays 2 x Intel Xeon processor E product family (8 cores) 32GB of DDR3 RAM Number of DAGs 1 Servers per DAG 2 Number of Active and Passive Mailboxes per Server Storage Configuration Storage hardware 1,000 active and 1,000 passive 2x PowerEdge R720xd server internal storage 4 back-accesible drives for Operating System ( 2 each server) 20 drives for data and log ( 10 each server ) 2 drives for Hot Spares ( 1 per server ) 2 drives for Restore LUNs ( 1 per server ) PERC H710P - Internal RAID controller Data volumes per mailbox server 5 Server 1: 3 active and 2 passive Server 2: 2 active and 3 passive Databases per volume 1 Mailboxes per database 400 Disk type RAID type Additional details 3.5" NL-SAS 7.2K RPM 3 TB for data 2.5 SAS 10K RPM 300GB for OS RAID 1 Exchange data volume RAID 1 Operating System volume RAID 0 Restore LUN Databases and logs on same volume Stripe size = 256KB or greater NTFS allocation unit size = 64 KB Redundant switch configuration; Private and Public networks configured as VLANs. Hardware load balancer required for balancing load among CAS servers. 10

11 2,500 Mailboxes, up to 3GB each, on PowerEdge 720xd with PowerVault MD1200 This reference architecture utilizes the Multi-role server and storage bricks with internal storage and external storage. It has been sized to provide mailbox size of up to 3GB each. The Mailbox IO profile is sized for up to 150 messages per mailbox per day with 20% IO headroom to accommodate up to 0.18 IOPs per mailbox. This solution delivers high availability using Exchange 2010 mailbox resiliency with a two copy Database Availability Group (DAG). Both the active and passive copies are local. This solution does not offer site resiliency. Solution Requirements Number of Mailboxes 2,500 Average user I/O profile (messages/day) Average mailbox size limit Up to 0.18 (~ 150 messages per day) Up to 3GB Total active/passive copies per database 2 Not included in this solution Backup and recovery infrastructure Disaster recovery or site resiliency Additional server for Hub/CAS UM and Edge roles Architectural Diagram 11

12 Recommended Solution Server Configurations Multi-role (Mailbox/Hub/CAS) server Number of DAGs 1 Servers per DAG 2 Number of Active and Passive Mailboxes per Server Storage Configuration Storage hardware Database volumes per mailbox server Databases per volume 1 2x PowerEdge R720xd servers with 3.5 drive bays 2x Intel Xeon processor E product family (6 core or better per processor) 48GB of DDR3 RAM 1,250 active and 1,250 passive Mailboxes per database 250 Disk type 2x PowerEdge R720xd internal storage and 2x PowerVault MD1200; 48 data drives total. 4 back accessible drives for Operating System( 2 each server) 20 drives for data and log ( 10 each server ) 4 Hotspare drives ( 2 each server) 4 Restore LUN drives ( 2 each server) PERC H710P Internal RAID controller 10 (5 active + 5 passive) K RPM NL SAS 2TB Raid Type Additional s RAID 1 Operating System volumes RAID 1 Exchange data volumes RAID 0 Restore LUN Databases and logs on same volume NTFS allocation unit size = 64KB RAID stripe size = 256KB or greater Redundant switch configuration; Private and Public networks configured as VLANs. Hardware load balancer required for balancing load among CAS servers. 12

13 4,000 Mailboxes, up to 1GB each, on PowerEdge R720xd This reference architecture utilizes the Multi-role server and storage bricks with internal storage. It has been sized to provide mailbox sizes of up to 1GB each. The Mailbox IO profile is sized for up to 150 messages per mailbox per day with 20% IO headroom to accommodate up to 0.18 IOPs per mailbox. This solution delivers high availability using Exchange 2010 mailbox resiliency with a two copy Database Availability Group (DAG). Both the active and passive copies are local. This solution does not offer site resiliency. Solution Requirements Number of Mailboxes 4000 Average user I/O profile (messages/day) Average mailbox size limit Total active/passive copies per database Not included in this solution 0.18 IOPS (~ 150 messages per day) Up to 1GB 2 Backup and recovery infrastructure Disaster recovery or site resiliency Additional server for Hub/CAS UM and Edge roles Architecture Diagram 13

14 Recommended Solution Server Configurations Multi-role (Mailbox/Hub/CAS) server 2 x PowerEdge R720xd server with 2.5 drive bays 2 x Intel Xeon processor E product family (8 cores) 96GB of DDR3 RAM Number of DAGs 1 Servers per DAG 2 Number of Active and Passive Mailboxes per Server Storage Configuration Storage hardware Data volumes per mailbox server Databases per volume 1 2,000 active and 2,000 passive Mailboxes per database 400 Disk type 2x PowerEdge R720xd server internal storage 4 drives for Operating System ( 2 each server) 40 drives for data and log ( 20 each server ) 4 drives for Hot Spares ( 2 per server ) 4 drives for Restore LUNs ( 2 per server ) PERC H710P Internal RAID controller 10 (5 active + 5 passive) 2.5 NL-SAS 7.2K rpm 1TB for data RAID type Additional details 2.5 SAS 10K 300GB for OS RAID 1 Exchange data volumes RAID 1 Operating System volumes RAID 0 Restore LUN Databases and logs on same volume Stripe size = 256KB or greater NTFS allocation unit size = 64KB Redundant switch configuration; Private and Public networks configured as VLANs. Hardware load balancer required for balancing load among CAS servers. 14

15 5,000 Mailboxes, up to 5GB each, on PowerEdge R720xd with PowerVault MD1200 This reference architecture utilizes the Multi-role server and storage bricks with internal and external storage. It has been sized to provide mailbox sizes of up to 5GB each. The Mailbox IO profile is sized for up to 150 messages per mailbox per day with a 20% IO headroom to accommodate up to 0.18 IOPs per mailbox. This solution delivers high availability using Exchange 2010 mailbox resiliency with a two copy Database Availability Group (DAG). Both the active and passive copies are local. This solution does not offer site resiliency. Solution Requirements Number of Mailboxes 5000 Average user I/O profile (messages/day) Average mailbox size limit Total active/passive copies per database Not included in this solution 0.18 IOPS (~ 150 messages per day) Up to 5GB 2 local copy Backup and recovery infrastructure Disaster recovery or site resiliency Additional server for Hub/CAS UM and Edge roles Architecture Diagram 15

16 Recommended Solution Server Configurations Multi-role (Mailbox/Hub/CAS) server 2x PowerEdge R720xd Servers with 3.5 drive bays 2 x Intel Xeon processor E product family (8 cores) 64GB of DDR3 RAM Number of DAGs 1 Servers per DAG 2 Number of Active and Passive 2500 Active and 2500 Passive Mailboxes per Server Storage Configuration Storage hardware 2 x PowerEdge R720xd internal storage and 4 x PowerVault MD1200 (2 MD1200 connected to each R720xd) 4 x 2.5 drives for Operating System ( 2 each server) 68 x 3.5 drives for data (34 each server) 2 X Hot Spare ( 1 per server ) 2 X Restore LUN ( 1 per server ) PERC H810 - External RAID controller PERC H710P Internal RAID controller Data volumes per mailbox server 17 Databases per volume 2 Mailboxes per database 177 Disk type 3.5 NL-SAS 7.2K rpm 3TB for data 2.5 SAS 10K 300GB for OS RAID type Additional details RAID 1 Exchange data and Log volumes RAID 1- Operating System RAID 0 for Restore LUN Databases and logs on same volume Stripe size = 256KB or greater NTFS allocation unit size = 64KB NOTE: Hot Spare shared for external storage only Redundant switch configuration; Private and Public networks configured as VLANs. Hardware load balancer required for balancing load among CAS servers. 16

17 5,000 Mailboxes, up to 3GB each, Multi-Site Configuration, on PowerEdge R620 with PowerVault MD1200 This reference architecture utilizes the Multi-role server and storage bricks with external storage. It has been sized to provide mailbox sizes of up to 3GB each. The Mailbox IO profile is sized for up to 100 messages per mailbox per day with 20% IO headroom to accommodate up to 0.12 IOPs per mailbox. This solution delivers high availability using Exchange 2010 mailbox resiliency with a three copy Database Availability Group (DAG). One active copy and one passive copy are local. The third copy resides on a remote site. Solution Requirements Number of Mailboxes 5000 Average user I/O profile (messages/day) Average mailbox size limit Total active/passive copies per database Not included in this solution Architecture Diagram 0.12 IOPS (~ 100 messages per day) Up to 3GB 3 (2 local + 1 remote) Backup and recovery infrastructure Disaster recovery or site resiliency Additional server for Hub/CAS UM and Edge roles Note: Remote Site hosts passive database copies only. 17

18 Recommended Solution Server Configurations Multi-role (Mailbox/Hub/CAS) server 3x PowerEdge R620 Servers (2 local and 1 remote) 2 x Intel Xeon processor E product family (8 cores) 48GB of DDR3 RAM Number of DAGs 1 Servers per DAG 3 Number of Active and Passive Mailboxes per Server Storage Configuration Local site: 2500 Active and 2500 Passive Remote site: 5000 Passive Storage hardware 2x PowerVault MD1200 (2 per server; 48 local + 24 remote) 60x drives for data and log (20 per server; 40 local + 20 remote) 6 x drives for OS (2 per server; 4 local + 2 remote) 3 Restore LUN ( 1 per Server) 3 Hot Spare ( 1 per server ) PERC H810 External RAID controller Data volumes per mailbox server 11 Databases per volume 2 Mailboxes per database 227 Disk type 3.5 NL-SAS 7.2K rpm 3TB for data 2.5 SAS 10K rpm 300GB RAID type Additional details RAID 1 Exchange data and log volumes RAID 1 Operating System RAID 0 Restore LUN Databases and logs on same volume Stripe size = 256KB or greater NTFS allocation unit size = 64KB Redundant switch configuration; Private and Public networks configured as VLANs. Hardware load balancer required for balancing load among CAS servers. 18

19 7,500 Mailboxes, up to 1.5GB each, on PowerEdge R720xd This reference architecture utilizes the Multi-role server and storage bricks with internal storage. It has been sized to provide mailbox sizes of up to 1.5GB each. The Mailbox IO profile is sized for up to 150 messages per mailbox per day with 20% IO headroom to accommodate up to 0.18 IOPs per mailbox. This solution delivers high availability using Exchange 2010 mailbox resiliency with a three copy Database Availability Group (DAG). One active copy and two passive copies reside on the same site. Solution Requirements Number of mailboxes 7,500 Average user I/O profile (messages/day) Average mailbox size limit Total active/passive copies per database Not included in this solution 0.18 IOPs per user (~150 messages per day) Up to 1.5GB 3 copy DAG (1 active + 2 passive) Backup and recovery infrastructure UM and Edge Roles Restore LUN Architecture Diagram 19

20 Recommended Solution Server Configurations Multi-role (Mailbox/Hub/CAS) server 3 x Dell PowerEdge R720xd servers with 2.5 drive bays; 2 x Intel Xeon processor E product family (8 cores per processor) 64GB of DDR3 Memory Number of DAGs 1 Servers per DAG 3 Number of Active and Passive Mailboxes per Server Storage Configuration Storage hardware Data volumes per mailbox server Databases per volume 1 2,500 active and 5,000 passive Mailboxes per database 313 Disk type RAID type Additional details 3 x PowerEdge R720xd server internal storage 6 drives for Operating System ( 2 each server) 72 data drives total ( 24 each server ) PERC H710P - Internal RAID controller 24 (8 active and 16 passive) 2.5" NL-SAS 1TB for data 2.5 SAS 10K 300GB for OS RAID 0 Exchange Data volume (1 volume per physical disk) RAID 1 OS volume Databases and logs on the same volume Stripe size = 512KB NTFS allocation unit size = 64KB Redundant switch configuration; Private and Public networks configured as VLANs Hardware load balancer required for balancing load among CAS servers 20

21 10,000 Mailboxes up to 300 MB each on PowerEdge R720xd This reference architecture utilizes the Multi-role server and storage bricks with internal storage. It has been sized to provide mailbox sizes of up to 300 MB each. The Mailbox IO profile is sized for up to 100 messages per mailbox per day with 20% IO headroom to accommodate up to 0.12 IOPs per mailbox. This solution is suitable for requirements of educational institutes or organizations which need larger number of mailboxes with smaller mailbox size. This solution delivers high availability using Exchange 2010 mailbox resiliency with a two copy Database Availability Group (DAG). Both the active and passive copies are local. This solution does not offer site resiliency. Solution Requirements Number of Mailboxes 10,000 Average user I/O profile (messages/day) Average mailbox size limit Total active/passive copies per database Not included in this solution Architecture Diagram 0.12 IOPS (~ 100 messages per day) Up to 300MB 2 Backup and recovery infrastructure Disaster recovery or site resiliency Additional server for Hub/CAS UM and Edge roles 21

22 Recommended solution Server Configurations Multi-role (Mailbox/Hub/CAS) server 2 x PowerEdge R720xd server with 2.5 drive bays 2 x Intel Xeon processor E product family (8 cores) 96GB of DDR3 RAM Number of DAGs 1 Servers per DAG 2 Number of Active and Passive Mailboxes per Server Storage Configuration Storage hardware Data volumes per mailbox server Databases per volume 1 5,000 active and 5,000 passive Mailboxes per database 1,000 Disk type RAID type Additional details 2x PowerEdge R720xd server internal storage 4 rear end drives for Operating System ( 2 each server) 40 drives for data and log ( 20 each server ) 4 drives for Hot Spares ( 2 per server ) 4 drives for Restore LUNs ( 2 per server ) PERC H710P Internal RAID controller 10 (5 active + 5 passive) 2.5 SAS 10K RPM 900GB for data 2.5 SAS 10K RPM 300GB SAS for OS RAID 1 Exchange data volumes RAID 1 Operating System volume RAID 0 Restore LUN Databases and logs on same volume Stripe size = 256KB or greater NTFS allocation unit size = 64 KB Redundant switch configuration; Private and Public networks configured as VLANs. Hardware load balancer required for balancing load among CAS servers. 22

23 25,000 Mailboxes, up to 4GB each, Multi-Site configuration, on PowerEdge R720xd with PowerVault MD1200 This reference architecture utilizes the Multi-role server and storage bricks with internal and external storage. It has been sized to provide mailbox sizes of up to 4GB each. The Mailbox IO profile is sized for up to 150 messages per mailbox per day with 20% IO headroom to accommodate up to 0.18 IOPs per mailbox. This solution is suitable for requirements of medium to large organizations which need larger number of mailboxes with larger mailbox size. This solution delivers high availability using Exchange 2010 mailbox resiliency with a three copy Database Availability Group (DAG). One active and one passive database copies reside on the same site & one passive database copy resides on the remote site, so this solution offers site-level resiliency. Solution Requirements Number of Mailboxes Average user I/O profile (messages/day) Average mailbox size limit Total active/passive copies per database Not included in this solution 0.18 IOPS (~ 150 messages per day) Up to 4GB 3 (2 local + 1 remote) Backup and recovery infrastructure Additional server for Hub/CAS UM and Edge roles 23

24 1 LNK/SPD 0 Force10 S ACT LNK RS-232 USB-B STACK ID ACT Master PSU1 FAN1 ALM SYS PSU2 FAN2 Ethernet USB-A 1 LNK/SPD 0 Force10 S ACT LNK RS-232 USB-B STACK ID ACT Master PSU1 FAN1 ALM SYS PSU2 FAN2 Ethernet USB-A Microsoft Exchange 2010 on Dell Systems: Simple Distributed Configurations Architecture Diagram 24 Port PowerConnect or Force10 Switch Central Site 24 Port PowerConnect or Force10 Switch Server 1 Dell PowerEdge R720xd All-in-One Servers (Mailbox/Hub/CAS) 6 X Dell PowerEdge R720xd Server 6 Dell PowerEdge R720xd 24 X Dell PowerVault MD1200 Database Distribution on each server (1 X PowerEdge R720xd Server with 4 X MD 1200 Arrays) Local Active Copy Database(First copy) Local Passive Copy Database(Second copy) Restore Volume Hot Spare 24

25 1 LNK/SPD 0 Force10 S ACT LNK RS-232 USB-B STACK ID ACT Master PSU1 FAN1 ALM SYS PSU2 FAN2 Ethernet USB-A 1 LNK/SPD 0 Force10 S ACT LNK RS-232 USB-B STACK ID ACT Master PSU1 FAN1 ALM SYS PSU2 FAN2 Ethernet USB-A Microsoft Exchange 2010 on Dell Systems: Simple Distributed Configurations 24 Port PowerConnect or Force10 Switch Remote Site 24 Port PowerConnect or Force10 Switch Server 7 Dell PowerEdge R720xd All-in-One Servers (Mailbox/Hub/CAS) 3 X Dell PowerEdge R720xd Server 9 Dell PowerEdge R720xd 12 X PowerVault MD X Dell PowerVault MD1200 Database Distribution per server (1 X PowerEdge R720xd Server with 4 X MD 1200 Arrays) Remote Passive Copy Database(Third Copy) Restore Volume Hot Spare 25

26 Recommended Solution Server Configurations Multi-role (Mailbox/Hub/CAS) server 9 x PowerEdge R720xd server with 3.5 drive bays 2 x Intel Xeon processor E product family (8 cores) Central Site servers: 96GB of DDR3 RAM Remote Site servers: 128GB of DDR3 RAM Number of DAGs 1 Servers per DAG Number of Active and Passive Mailboxes per Server Storage Configuration Storage hardware 9 (6 servers at Central Site & 3 servers at Remote Site) Central Site: 4172 Active and 4172 Passive Remote Site: 8344 Passive 9 x PowerEdge R720xd internal storage and 36 x PowerVault MD1200 (4 x PowerVault MD1200 connected to each PowerEdge R720xd) 18 x 2.5 drives for Operating System ( 2 each server) 504 x 3.5 drives for data (56 each server) 9 X Hot Spare ( 1 per server ) 9 X Restore LUN ( 1 per server ) PERC H810 - External RAID controller PERC H710P Internal RAID controller Data volumes per mailbox server 28 Databases per volume 1 Mailboxes per database 298 Disk type 3 TB 3.5" NL-SAS 7.2K RPM for data and log RAID type Additional details 300GB 2.5 SAS 10K RPM for Operating System RAID 1 Exchange data volumes RAID 1 Operating System volume RAID 0 Restore LUN Databases and logs on same volume Stripe size = 256KB or greater NTFS allocation unit size = 64KB Redundant switch configuration; Private and Public networks configured as VLANs. Hardware load balancer required for balancing load among CAS servers. 26

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