Quick links: Virtualizing Exchange Server on VMware vSphere

Many IT shops that run Exchange Server also use VMware’s vSphere for virtualization projects. These links offer helpful info for those that may already run vSphere or are preparing to implement it.

Even though Hyper-V is a Microsoft technology, many companies choose to virtualize their Exchange servers on VMware vSphere. Whether your company has considered virtualizing Exchange with VMware vSphere or is already using it, these links may provide some added help.

1. Deciding between Hyper-V and VMware for Exchange Server virtualization
Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware, which should you choose? Both have their pros and cons when it comes to cost, features and resources, but the decision is ultimately up to you. Get a concise view of both technologies in one of our most popular tips.

2. Five VMware vSphere 5 features that improve Exchange Server virtualization
There are so many new features in VMware vSphere 5, that it's hard to keep track of all of them. Five in particular greatly benefit Exchange Server virtualization. Find out how these features help Exchange VMs grow, automatically resolve storage issues and more.

3. Exchange 2010 on VMware: Daily monitoring is a must
Virtualizing Exchange 2010 offers high availability, flexibility and improved quality of service, among other things. But you can’t just set it and forget it; it’s your responsibility to monitor Exchange 2010 and VMware vSphere. To avoid potential problems, keep an eye on these metrics.

4. How to properly prepare for Exchange virtualization failures
Sorry to say, but your virtualized Exchange servers will eventually break down. Prepare for the worst and the recovery process will go quickly. VSphere’s mapping tool plays a key role, as does vCenter.

5. Optimizing Exchange 2010 uptime with virtualization
Uptime is paramount with any mission-critical application. Fortunately, several VMware vSphere features can enhance Exchange performance and ensure that your virtualized servers stay online. 

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