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    I am going to install Exchange 2007 server on my env. and going to buy new servers so what is the HW required for edgae one; is 64 processer needed or what?

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    Re: HW required for edge server in exchange 2007

    Apart from testing / training, Exchange 2007 is 64-bit only!
    Please check the Microsoft site for recommended hardware specs

    Reported to mods for move to Exchange 2007 forum
    Last edited by Ossian; 19th July 2008, 10:56.
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      Re: HW required for edge server in exchange 2007

      Edge doesn't need a great deal. 64 bit processor, 1gb RAM, one or two hard disk at most. It doesn't store anything so storage isn't important as with Mailbox role etc.

      Although I struggle to justify the cost of an Edge server. I can do almost everything that Edge does with third party products for much less than the cost of an additional Exchange 2007 license.

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        Re: HW required for edge server in exchange 2007

        Originally posted by Sembee View Post
        Edge doesn't need a great deal. 64 bit processor, 1gb RAM, one or two hard disk at most. It doesn't store anything so storage isn't important as with Mailbox role etc.
        so 32 bit enough for edge server

        Originally posted by Sembee View Post
        Although I struggle to justify the cost of an Edge server. I can do almost everything that Edge does with third party products for much less than the cost of an additional Exchange 2007 license.

        Simon.
        can you explain more

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          Re: HW required for edge server in exchange 2007

          How did you get from me stating quite clearly "...64 bit processor... " to "32 bit enough for edge server"

          Exchange 2007 in production is not supported on 32 bit processor - for any role.

          As for your second question, I don't know what else I can say. I simply am unable to justify the cost of an Edge for the features that it brings. I believe that Edge is a waste of money. If it provided OWA support etc, then it might be something that could be justified. Of course Microsoft will not do that as that will knock out a significant part of the sales of ISA server.

          My replacement for Edge is this process: http://www.amset.info/exchange/gateway.asp

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            Re: HW required for edge server in exchange 2007

            Hi,

            Instead of exchange server you can put some hardware appliance which can work as mail gateway.

            Iron Port
            Symantec mailgateway etc....

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            • #7
              Re: HW required for edge server in exchange 2007

              Hello!
              It's again depends on number of email addresses (Users, groups, etc) that you are going to accomodate in your exchange environment. If if it's less, yeas ofcourse you can achieve your goal using alternative messaging solutions.

              Please keep the administrative overhead also. That means, some one should know the product in your environment... Ofcourse, Edge role is meant for Exch 2007 env. It's up tou you now.

              Thanks
              Shridhar
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