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Designing Storage for Exchange 2007 SP1

Book Description

This book describes storage configuration and measurement to enable Windows administrators to make the best use of storage devices in a Microsoft Exchange server environment and Windows Server 2003 (formerly called .NET). After describing basic storage performance concepts, Bijaoui, a leading expert in Exchange scalability, gives a pragmatic approach to storage configuration and tuning. He also covers leveraging of storage components, whether these are local disks or part of more complex networked storage infrastructures.

· Gives the reader a clear and simple view of storage performance
· Takes a pragmatic approach to storage performance monitoring and tuning
· Focuses on the most recent version of Microsoft's Windows (.NET) Server 2003, but also covers Windows 2000

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Brief Table of Contents
  3. Table of Contents
  4. List of Figures
  5. List of Tables
  6. Foreword
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Chapter 1. Introduction to Exchange 2007 Storage
    1. Where to Start?
    2. Exchange 2007 Server Roles and Usage of Storage
    3. Capacity Considerations
    4. Performance Considerations
    5. Challenges and Opportunities
    6. How many users per server?
    7. Top 10 Topics for Exchange 2007 Storage
  9. Chapter 2. Basic Concepts of I/O Systems
    1. Start with Basics
    2. Anatomy of a Storage Controller
    3. Virtualization
    4. Storage+Network=Storage Networks
    5. In Summary
  10. Chapter 3. Storage Technologies
    1. Leveraging Storage Technologies
    2. Disk Technology
    3. Direct-Attached Storage
    4. Storage Area Networks
    5. Tape Systems
    6. In Summary
  11. Chapter 4. Windows Storage
    1. Virtual Disk Service and Volume Shadow Copy Services
    2. Multi Path I/O
    3. Windows Server 2008 Storage Explorer
    4. Basic versus Dynamic Disks
    5. Partition Style: MBR versus GPT
    6. Disk Alignment
    7. New Technology File System
    8. NTFS CHKDSK and self-healing
    9. Online Volume Expansion and Shrinking
  12. Chapter 5. Designing Your Exchange 2007 Server
    1. Service Level Agreements/Service Level Objectives
    2. Microsoft Exchange Solution Reviewed Program
    3. User Profiles
    4. CPU Sizing
    5. Memory Sizing
    6. Storage Considerations for Server Roles
    7. Exchange Server Sizing Tools
    8. Dealing with SAN Administrators
    9. SAN Boot Versus Local Boot
    10. Blades Versus Conventional Rack Mount Servers
    11. Virtualization
    12. High Availability Options for Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server
  13. Chapter 6. Exchange Server 2007 Failover Clustering
    1. Introduction to Windows Failover Clustering
    2. Exchange Server 2007 Clustered Mailbox Servers
    3. Pros and Cons for Exchange Clusters
  14. Chapter 7. Data Replication Solutions for Exchange
    1. Host- and Storage-Based Data Replication Solutions
    2. Exchange Server 2007 Continuous Replication
    3. Local Continuous Replication
    4. Cluster Continuous Replication
    5. Standby Continuous Replication
    6. Network Bandwidth and Latency Requirements for CCR and SCR
    7. Comparison of SCC/LCR/CCR/SCR
  15. Chapter 8. Backup
    1. Important Terms
    2. Why Do You Run Backups?
    3. What Data Do You Have to Back Up?
    4. Tape Rotation and Offsite Vaulting
    5. Introduction to Volume Shadow Copy Services
    6. VSS and Continuous Replication
    7. Data Protection Manager
    8. Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008
  16. Chapter 9. Recovery
    1. Basic Recovery Rules
    2. Disaster Recovery Tools
    3. Brick Level Restore
    4. Recovery Storage Group
    5. Database Portability
    6. Dial Tone Portability
    7. Server Recovery
  17. Chapter 10. Storage Design Validation
    1. The Risk of Running Tests in a Production Environment
    2. Disk Exercisers
    3. Microsoft Exchange Server JetStress
    4. Microsoft Exchange Load Generator
  18. Chapter 11. Performance Monitoring and Analysis
    1. Description
    2. Performance Monitor in Windows Server
    3. What Should you Monitor in Your Microsoft Exchange Storage?
    4. Storage Utilization
    5. Reporting Performance Results
    6. In Summary
  19. Chapter 12. Best Practices and Sample Configurations
    1. Key Attributes
    2. Tools
    3. DAS Design: The Microsoft IT Case
    4. SAN: Large Enterprise with Consolidated Deployment (>50,000 Mailboxes)
    5. SAN: Mission-Critical Email
    6. SAN: Ruthless Standardization
    7. IP SAN: Using iSCSI for Midrange Servers
    8. ESRP: Microsoft's Exchange Storage Reviewed Program
    9. HP: Storage Solutions and Active Answers
    10. In Summary
  20. Index
    1. A
    2. B
    3. C
    4. D
    5. E
    6. F
    7. G
    8. H
    9. I
    10. J
    11. K
    12. L
    13. M
    14. N
    15. O
    16. P
    17. Q
    18. R
    19. S
    20. T
    21. U
    22. V
    23. W
    24. X