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Virtualizing Exchange 2016: the Right Way!

Michael van Horenbeeck, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master, an Exchange Server MVP

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Virtualizing Exchange 2016: the Right Way!

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Even though Microsoft Exchange Server and virtualization have both been around for a long time, Exchange virtualization is still highly debated. This is because best practices and recommendations for how to successfully virtualize Exchange from a hypervisor point-of-view do not necessarily match with those from Microsoft. As a result, administrators are often experience a void that leaves them wondering which approach is best.

In this white paper, the author tells you how to best virtualize Exchange, while also keeping track of your deployment’s supportability — regardless of the underlying platform. Although there are very good reasons not to virtualize here, it is important to remember that under the right conditions, Exchange is a perfect candidate for virtualization.

You’ll find out how to best virtualize Exchange 2016 from the application’s perspective, and read various recommendations and support statements, as well as why these recommendations are so important. Despite a potential for conflicting recommendations, there is ample room left for flexibility and so you can take advantage of the best features virtualization has to offer.

After reading this white paper, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand when and when not to virtualize
  • Correctly deploy a virtualized Exchange 2016 server, according to Microsoft's best practices
  • Understand how to protect data with Exchange's built-in capabilities and easily recover data using Veeam® Backup & Replication™.
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