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  • Happy with my Exchange 2013 SP1 under VirtualBox until...

    Until I read this:

    "...Virtual disks that dynamically expand aren’t supported by Exchange.​.."

    I looked into the minimum requirements but did not expect this.

    Basically some services are not starting, and I guess it is because my VM is running on a dynamically expandable virtual disk.
    -
    Madrid (Spain).

  • #2
    Training and testing - ignore such warnings
    Production - follow them

    What specs is your VM?
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      "Virtual disks that dynamically expand arenít supported by Exchange" - This is true but "not supported" and "don't work" are two different things. The dynamic disks aren't the cause of your problem simply due to the fact that they're dynamic disks.

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      • #4
        Thanks both.

        ​Ossian, the specs: 50 GB of Hard disk. 2 GB RAM.

        Exchange related services did not start. I rebooted the machine three times. I was guessing it was a low RAM, but then I read that and, unlike joeqwerty, I thought that "not supported" actually meant "it won't work."

        The firewalls in both the DC and the Exchange machine were ON.

        So now I am installing it on a 50 GB fixed Virtual Hard Drive.
        -
        Madrid (Spain).

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        • #5
          IMHO RAM is the issue - even for a training environment, about 8Gb is needed
          Speed of drives may also be an issue - my training laptops can run 2-3 Exchange 2013 servers, plus a DC and client on 16Gb with an SSD, but without an SSD I see the same behaviour as you

          Try starting services manually after boot
          Tom Jones
          MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
          PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
          IT Trainer / Consultant
          Ossian Ltd
          Scotland

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          • #6
            Wow, 8 GB. That is impossible for my humble budget.

            ​Yes, I tried unsuccessfully to start the services manually.
            -
            Madrid (Spain).

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            • #7
              Check your PM please
              Tom Jones
              MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
              PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
              IT Trainer / Consultant
              Ossian Ltd
              Scotland

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