Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 Scalability with SP1 and SP2


  • Pierre Bijaoui, Solution Architect, HP Services, France

Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server is the server component that provides electronic messaging in major corporate environments. It has had two updates since its release in 2003, SP1 and SP2. The author covers these along with critical changes in Widows 2003 Server such as the scalability features of the Active Directory and the server and storage technologies. This crucial release borrows from the legacy Exchange system, but also from a myriad of others. The organization of the book provides necessary background on the software and hardware required in order to manage an efficient scalable Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server deployment. Key technology for planning a future strategy is covered in the form of hardware and software that enable mission critical solutions including Storage Area Networks and Gigabit networks, Microsoft Clustering and multi-core symmetric multiprocessing.
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System and Network Administrators


Book information

  • Published: October 2006
  • Imprint: DIGITAL PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-55558-300-2

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Exchange Server Architecture1.1 Introduction1.2 Benefits at a Glance1.3 RAMS: Abilities1.4 Performance Improvements & Optimization1.5 Exchange Server 2003 SP2 Core Architecture1.6 The STORE process1.7 Exchange Server FuturesChapter 2: Exchange Server Scalability2.1 Why Scaling?2.2 Scalable Exchange Architectures2.3 IIS/Exchange STORE2.4 Virtual Servers2.5 Components that Scale2.6 Horizontal vs. Vertical Scalability2.7 SummaryChapter 3: Exchange 2003 and Windows Server3.1 Exchange Requirements3.2 Windows Server3.3 Volume Shadow Copy Services3.4 Windows Clusters3.5 Scaling the Active Directory3.6 Certification and Support processes3.7 SummaryChapter 4: Technologies for Exchange 2003 Deployments4.1 Introduction4.2 System Processing4.3 Networking Services4.4 Scale Out and Scale up4.5 Leveraging Storage Technologies4.6 Network Storage4.7 iSCSI & FC SAN4.8 The Value of RAID4.9 Fundamentals of Storage Performance4.10 SummaryChapter 5: Optimizing Exchange5.1 Introduction to Exchange 2003 Optimization5.2 System Optimization5.3 Memory Optimization5.4 Network Optimization5.5 Storage Optimization5.6 Mail transport Optimization5.7 SummaryChapter 6: Performance and Monitoring6.1 The challenge6.2 Exchange Workload Simulation6.3 System and Storage Performance Testing6.4 Monitoring Exchange Performance