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Best configuration for security/workload sharing among Windows 2000 Server, IIS, ISA and Exchange

Our organization is about to deploy two brand new servers to cater to File, Print, Web, E-mail, IIS, etc. I keep reading "don't put ISA on a server with anything else running" and "don't put Exchange 2000 on my file and print" -- and the list goes on. We obviously have limited choices, so what is the best utilization of resources in terms of security and "sharing" the workload? The environment will include Win2000 Server, IIS, Exchange, ISA along with several server based apps like WinFax, etc.

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General rules like these are guides -- not hard and fast. You must consider the load that you are putting on the server. So if you are say running Exchange on a File and Print server, but you are in an office of 100 people, and the hardware is adequately configured, it won't be a problem. You MUST remain diligent in the load on your systems going forward as your company grows. Performance monitoring and capacity planning will need to be an integral part of your company's growth plan. So, it is okay to put all of the applications on one server -- just make sure you understand the particulars of the type of resources each application needs and the load you are going to be introducing to the application.

This was first published in March 2002

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