…In terms of best practices and requirements, the following guidance was released:
- We’re only supporting guests running Exchange Server 2007 SP1 on Windows Server 2008.
- We’re only supporting fixed disks, and not dynamic disks.
- Storage should be on spindles that are separate from the Guest operating system VHD physical storage.
- Storage must be SCSI passthrough or iSCSI (with a preference of SCSI passthrough for queues, databases and log files).
- All Exchange server roles, except for the Unified Messaging server role, will be supported.
- There’s a limit on VHD size of 2040 GB.
It was also mentioned that Hyper-V is a good fit when Exchange servers in branch offices cannot be consolidated to a central datacenter (for example, because of bandwidth or connectivity issues).
…So what’s the really great thing about this soon-to-be-released guidance?
60 days from now is just in time for Tech.Ed Australia and New Zealand!!!
Some of the more noteworthy bits of info from the session are:
- Within 60 days of Hyper-V’s RTM, the Exchange team will publish a detailed support statement for Hyper-V, and a TechNet article with best practices.
- Customers should not deploy Exchange on Hyper-V until our support guidance is available.
- Early results show that performance of Exchange 2007 on Hyper-V is quite good, and that it scales very well from 1-4 processors per VM.