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    Hey all, ok a quick one, i have about 4 sites that each have all their own way of doing email. A couple use their own exhange 2003 servers some use linux and some are just pop3. I would like to centralize all this under one platform in one location, just wondering what peoples thoughts are on bringing all to an exhange 2003 that i already have and making use of that or moving all to something like google apps.

    Anyone have any expierence of this type of thing?

    cheers

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    Re: Exchange Guidance

    There are a lot of factors which are left out of your question.

    How many users are at the remote sites?
    How big are their mailboxes?
    How fast are the lines which connect the remote sites?
    How big is your exchange server? (disk, memory, cpu)

    You could go a lot of ways but a lot of it depends on your scenario
    I currently run 3 seperate sites off 1 local exchange server and run everyone in cached mode(local and remote) and it works. Each sites has about 40 users. I wouldn't go much farther than that though. Like I said though.. a lot of it depends on your setup.. too many unknowns to make a useful opinion.
    Daniel Frei
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    • #3
      Re: Exchange Guidance

      Hi Chili

      Thanks for your time much appreciated. yeah i here what your saying and in answer to your questions i post below

      How many users are at the remote sites?
      10 at one, 25 at another and about 55 at the third

      How big are their mailboxes?
      range to 10GB max

      How fast are the lines which connect the remote sites?
      Good lines between sites

      How big is your exchange server? (disk, memory, cpu)
      lots of space still available, dual corex2 4GB rams

      Was just wondering should i really be seriously evaluating the "cloud" for my messaging infrastructure.

      ta

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      • #4
        Re: Exchange Guidance

        I must have missed this one its next time around..

        I think you are still within the save range for just having everyone connecting to the one server at your main HQ. I am running a similar setup at my work with remote sites and the only difference is you state your connection is "good lines between the sites" where as mine are actually pretty crappy lines and they flow over seas... and well, my infrastructure still works. if your setup is truly as similar to mine as it sounds, you should be ok, but your scalability is really hampered, you could hit the breaking point at any time and it will come at you quick with that setup.

        Again.. sorry its late.. hope it helps.
        Daniel Frei
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