Last post Aug 18, 2009 07:01 PM by trondhindenes
Aug 15, 2009 10:29 AM|Tolahouse|LINK
My environment is small and based on HMC 3.5, it has been running along very well. We finally took the decision to upgrade to HMC 4.5 and virtualize the environment but are now
faced with so many decisions.
Windows 2008 R2 is about to be released but I hear
it will not support Exchange 2007. Exchange 2010 is round the corner but will not have an MPS.
At this juncture we are stuck. What will you suggest:
a. upgrade to HMC 4.5 using ESX 3.5 and Server 2003 64bit
b. upgrade to HMC 4.5 using ESX and Server 2008 64bit
c. upgrade to HMC 4.5 using Server 2008 Hyper-V
d. Stay where we are and wait for Exchange 2010
Thank you for your input.
Aug 17, 2009 10:33 AM|rtpHarry|LINK
Its been a few days and it doesnt look like anyone knows the answer here...
You might have some success on these forums:
Aug 18, 2009 07:01 PM|trondhindenes|LINK
We did the same assessment a few months ago (with some help from this forum), although we started from an environment without HMC/MPS as the engine.
We concluded that:
1. Although Microsoft is moving away from the MPS model for Exchange 2010, it's till a fantastic engine for provisioning of all types
2. Although EX2010 is not too far away, there are sepculations that the hosted-components for it won't be finishied until Q2 2010 earliest
3. Although nothing official, we are still hoping that EX2K7 will be supported in Win2008R2 when SP2 for exchange is released. And if not, Win2008("R1") is still a fantastic server OS to run Exchange on.
For us, with these things in mind, we happily started our HMC 4.5 deployment a few months ago and we're currently migrating users over from our "old" hosted platform. As for you, since you are currently on 3.5 I'd say it depends on what you want to do the
next 12-18 months. That's our timeframe for starting to look into Exchange2010, anyway.