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    We are thinking of creating a new domain to support Exchange 2007. The projected mail boxes will be 180. Could you experts suggest the hardward (number of servers for DC and exchange roles) and software (including licenses) recommendations? I will use them to evaluate calls for quote. Should I place the mail domain in the DMZ or the regular intranet zone with an existing NT domain. Can Windows 2008 domain and NT domain co-exist in the same subnet? This messaging system needs to support international branch offices and mobile workers. Thank you.

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    Re: advice on exchange 2007 requirements and implementation

    And where do I send my invoice?

    Design of an Exchange environment is so much more than just what kit to purchase. Every implement ion is unique and has to suit your requirements.
    If you do not know then you need to either do the research on Microsoft's and others web sites about capacity loading and design, or engage an experienced consultant to do the design work for you. With all due respect I am not giving away 1500 or more of consultancy advice.

    You have mentioned international and mobile users. That brings with it security considerations.

    A DMZ is not the place for a domain environment, so I would drop that idea immediately.

    Simon.
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    Simon Butler
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      Re: advice on exchange 2007 requirments and implementation

      Simon,
      Thank you for your post. Indeed our calls for bid included the installation/ service charge. The price tag variation is great than $10,000. I need a yardstick to compare what is the fair price. Too bad you are are too far to be hired.
      The domain DMZ comment is excellent.

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        Re: advice on exchange 2007 requirements and implementation

        If you don't have a design then I am not surprised the quotes were so different.
        Without a design you are basically asking someone to design blind.

        What you should have done was got a consultant in to design the infrastructure. Paid for that, then sent that design to whoever you want to bid for the job. Everyone is then working off the same design. That will make it easier to compare and you will know you are getting what you need.

        The quotes you currently have will most likely vary in the time spent on the design, which may not be enough. Separate design from deployment and you will get a better solution.

        Simon.
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        Simon Butler
        Exchange MVP

        Blog: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
        More Exchange Content: http://exchange.sembee.info/
        Exchange Resources List: http://exbpa.com/
        In the UK? Hire me: http://www.sembee.co.uk/

        Sembee is a registered trademark, used here with permission.

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