Last post Jun 13, 2008 11:44 AM by leonsay
Jun 11, 2008 01:52 PM|HostNoob|LINK
Jun 12, 2008 05:22 AM|Soren Ravn|LINK
HMC 4.0 is basicly hostet Exchange 2007 and hostet Sharepoint Services 3.0 You can run a consolidated setup with like 5 -> 7 servers.
My guess is that you need very good AD/Exchange skill to run a hosted exchange 2007 whitout HMC.
HMC 4.5 will be out within a few weeks.
Jun 12, 2008 03:49 PM|amos.max|LINK
look here -->
White Paper: Configuring Virtual Organizations and Address List Segregation in Exchange 2007
and/or here -->
Shared Hosting with Exchange 2007
Jun 13, 2008 01:00 AM|leonsay|LINK
The links that marcus put up are the docs that you need to follow if you want to provision the users and gals etc manually they are a bit of indepth knowledge. an actually fairly decent description and example on doing this is in the Hosted CRM docs you
can skip through the crm stuff to the deployment walkthrough for crm setting up exchange org and users. This is a literal step by step guide.
IF you are only looking at a small number of users and are happy to do all the steps manually for every users/org you create than that would be best for you.
However if you want to automate the process the HMC 4.5 would be the way to go this new version is due out any dy now.
Jun 13, 2008 10:02 AM|filippg|LINK
just as a small remark: HMC-Guide says, that HMC will on the long term only be run econmically if you have > 20.000 users...
Of course, this depends on the price per mailbox. But HMC is a komplex environment which needs lot of (Hardware-)Ressources and is not so easy to administrate. On the other hand: setting up an exclusive Exchange for customers with some hundred mailbox isn't
Jun 13, 2008 11:44 AM|leonsay|LINK
HI just in response to filipp s comments yes if you are running a true hosted Exchange solution whether HMC or not you would require at least 7 servers to run a fully redundant Hosted exchange platform with MPS which isn't what these guys are looking at
doing by the above post.
the 20,000 users figure is based on deploying the full microsoft sized solution, I know a lot of hosters on here are running HMC deployments with a lot less than 5000 accounts and making money on it. not saying it is easy but a lot of markets aren't large
enought to have 20,000 customers on every HMC deployment. It is all a numbers game at the end of the day.
In short if you remove the servers that are there for redundancy etc you can technically not saying you should but you can run Hosted exchange with MPS on 3 servers. MPS AD and Exchange with all roles. This however has no redundancies in play at all and
is not the described or supported practice by Microsoft.
I personally wouldn't recomend using that size solution for anything ohter than a POC or Dev environment.