Last post Jul 10, 2006 12:08 AM by leonsay
Jul 04, 2006 05:24 AM|NeilBenson|LINK
We’re setting up a Microsoft CRM hosting business, which is deployed on top of HMC 3.5. According to the Hosted CRM Planning Guide, I can deploy hosted Microsoft CRM on the consolidated HMC
server platform. However, for a start-up service, I’d like some help knowing which servers are critical and which are optional as we scale our platform. It’s pretty hard finding out just what is required.
We’re not going to be offering hosted Exchange initially – we’ll be integrating Microsoft CRM with customers’ on-premise Exchange services, and we’re planning for a small number of hosted
Microsoft CRM customers so automated provisioning and purposing isn’t so important right now.
So I am right in think that we’ll need the following servers:
Front end server: web hosting, external DNS, provisioning web server
MPS database server: MPS SQL databases, data hosting, monitoring
Domain controller: Active Directory domain controller
+ servers required for hosted Microsoft CRM services
Jul 10, 2006 12:08 AM|leonsay|LINK
The servers you have listed would be a bare minimum keeping in mind you have no redundancies.
Depending on the amount of traffic that you start dealing with these box's may start struggling with the loads if they aren't spec'd correctly.
Are you looking at running the SQL instance for each CRM instance on the individual CRM servers?
I personally would add a second AD server cause they can be a real pain to recover if things go wrong. The second AD box doesn't have to be anything special just able to replicate etc and start sharing some of the load in peak times.
Are you looking at doing web and dns hosting as well?