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Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Scalability with SP1 and SP2 : HP Technologies - Pierre Bijaoui

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Scalability with SP1 and SP2

HP Technologies

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Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server is the server component that provides electronic messaging in major corporate environments. It has had two updates since its release in 2003, SP1 and SP2. The author covers these along with critical changes in Widows 2003 Server such as the scalability features of the Active Directory and the server and storage technologies. This crucial release borrows from the legacy Exchange system, but also from a myriad of others. The organization of the book provides necessary background on the software and hardware required in order to manage an efficient scalable Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server deployment.

Key technology for planning a future strategy is covered in the form of hardware and software that enable mission critical solutions including Storage Area Networks and Gigabit networks, Microsoft Clustering and multi-core symmetric multiprocessing.

*Reorganized to be a better reference and include details needed for Windows 2003's Server to effectively implement and manage a scalable Exchange infrastructure
*Best practices for deploying Exchange 2003 SP2 in large-scale and high performance environments are described
*Gives final recommendations, from consulting for Fortune 500 Corporations and from inside knowledge of Exchange 2000, Exchange 2003 SP1 & SP2, and Windows Server 2003
*Reviews key server and storage technologies and their appropriateness to scalable and high performance Exchange infrastructures

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Exchange 2003 Architecturep. 1
Introductionp. 1
Benefits at a Glancep. 5
The View from 10,000 Feetp. 7
RAMSp. 8
Reliabilityp. 8
Availabilityp. 10
Manageabilityp. 12
Scalabilityp. 23
Performance Improvementsp. 24
Native Contentp. 25
DS_Accessp. 30
Transaction Loggingp. 31
Storage Groupsp. 32
Content Indexingp. 33
Exchange Server 2003 Core Architecturep. 34
The Store Processp. 35
Storage Groupsp. 37
The Database Enginep. 37
Transaction Processingp. 37
Loggingp. 38
Checkpoint Processp. 40
The Exchange Installable File Systemp. 41
The INETINFO Process (IIS)p. 44
Exchange Server Futuresp. 46
Exchange 2003 Scalabilityp. 49
Why Would You Want to Scale?p. 49
Service Providersp. 51
Server Consolidationp. 53
Service Consolidationp. 57
Data Growthp. 58
Horizontal vs. Vertical Scalabilityp. 60
Scalable Exchange 2003 Architecturep. 63
Front End/Back Endp. 63
Public Foldersp. 70
Mailbox Serversp. 72
In Summaryp. 75
IIS/Exchange Storep. 76
ExIFSp. 76
The Streaming Storep. 79
Storage Groupsp. 80
Virtual Serversp. 95
IIS Virtual Serversp. 95
Exchange Virtual Serversp. 97
Windows Virtual Serversp. 98
In Summaryp. 100
Components That Scalep. 101
Concurrent Usersp. 101
Front-End Serversp. 105
Message Throughputp. 107
Backup and Restorep. 109
Database Maintenancep. 114
ESEUTILp. 118
In Summaryp. 121
Microsoft Exchange and Windows Serverp. 125
Microsoft Exchange 2003 Requirementsp. 125
The Necessity for a Directoryp. 127
Mixed Mode vs. Native Mode Active Directory Domains and Forestsp. 131
Single Forest vs. Multiple Forestsp. 132
Internet Servicesp. 135
Core Operating System Requirementsp. 135
Windows Serverp. 136
Key Differences Between the Various Editions of the Windows Server 2003 Operating Systemp. 138
NTFS Volume Managementp. 139
64-Bit Windowsp. 144
Volume Shadow Copy Servicesp. 151
Introduction to VSSp. 153
Providersp. 153
Windows Clustersp. 157
Scaling the Active Directoryp. 165
Summaryp. 180
Technologies for Exchange 2003 Deploymentsp. 183
Introductionp. 183
Storage choicep. 186
System Processingp. 187
Systems architectures: Processors and busesp. 187
Single Core, Hyper-Threading or Dual-Core?p. 190
LI,L2,and L3 cachep. 195
32-bit vs. 64-bitp. 197
Symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA)p. 201
PCI, PCI-X, or PCI-Express?p. 202
Context switchingp. 205
Real or Virtual?p. 206
In Summaryp. 209
Networking servicesp. 210
Data networksp. 210
DNSp. 211
Active Directoryp. 212
Scale out and scale upp. 213
Building an agile infrastructurep. 214
The difference between service packs, hotfixes, and QFEsp. 218
Prevent or correct?p. 218
In summaryp. 219
Leveraging storage technologiesp. 222
Direct-Attached Storage (DAS)p. 225
Storage Area Networksp. 230
Fibre Channel: The basis for SANp. 236
SAN boot: can I use my SAN to host my boot volumes?p. 239
RAIS: Redundant arrays of independent serversp. 247
Storage Replication with SANp. 251
Network-attached storagep. 265
Windows Storage Server 2003 Feature Packp. 268
In Summaryp. 279
Emerging Technologies: iSCSI or IP SANp. 279
IP SAN topologiesp. 280
iSCSI Initiatorp. 282
iSCSI Targetp. 286
In Summaryp. 286
The value of RAIDp. 288
RAID0p. 289
RAIDIp. 290
RAID5p. 292
RAID5 write-holep. 294
Impact of the number of disks in a RAID5 volumep. 295
RAID6p. 297
Hybrid models: RAID0+1 or RAID 10p. 297
Concatenation is NOT Stripingp. 300
Comparing RAID levelsp. 301
Software-based implementation vs. hardware-based implementationp. 305
Fundamentals of storage performancep. 307
Software-based cachingp. 311
Controller-based cachingp. 311
Write-back cachep. 312
Read cachep. 315
The relevance of the data fetch methodp. 316
Configuring RAID volumesp. 317
In Summaryp. 327
Endnotesp. 328
Optimizing Exchange 2003p. 329
Introduction to Exchange 2003 Optimizationp. 329
System Optimization for Exchange 2003p. 334
Typical Machine Architecturep. 335
Multiple-Processor Systemsp. 336
Co-Hosting Scenariosp. 349
Load Balancing Servicesp. 351
SSL Acceleration for Front-End Serversp. 353
Memory Optimization for Exchange 2003p. 355
Physical Memory Utilizationp. 356
Virtual Memory Utilizationp. 357
Dealing with Virtual Memory Fragmentation Issuesp. 370
What You Should Rememberp. 373
Network Optimization for Exchange 2003p. 373
Network Interface Optimizations: Interruptsp. 374
Bandwidth and Latency Optimizationp. 375
Network Services Optimization: DNSp. 376
Network Services Optimization: Active Directoryp. 377
Storage Optimization for Exchange 2003p. 383
Windows Partitions Design Guidelinesp. 384
Storage Groupsp. 388
Backup and Maintenance Operationsp. 402
Mail Transport Optimizationp. 420
In Summaryp. 422
Performance and Monitoringp. 425
The Challengep. 425
Representative Performance Testingp. 427
Industry Benchmark Informationp. 429
What's in a Performance Test?p. 436
Exchange Workload Simulationp. 451
Loadsim2003p. 451
Jetstressp. 465
Other Toolsp. 471
Conclusionp. 475
Monitoring Exchange 2003 Performancep. 475
Introductionp. 475
Performance Monitor in Windows Serverp. 479
What Would You Monitor in a Microsoft Exchange Environment?p. 483
Reporting Performance Resultsp. 532
In Summaryp. 535
Best Practicesp. 537
Best Practicesp. 537
The Exchange Best Practice Analyzerp. 538
Configuration Guidelines for Windows 2003p. 540
Symmetric Multiprocessingp. 540
Memory Sizingp. 542
Logical Drive Partitionsp. 544
Physical Drivesp. 546
Configuration Guidelines for Exchange 2003 Serversp. 548
Back-End Serversp. 543
Front-End Serversp. 555
Sample Scale-Up and Scale-Out Configurationsp. 557
Data Centerp. 559
Replicated Data Centerp. 561
In Summaryp. 563
Indexp. 565
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ISBN: 9781555583002
ISBN-10: 1555583008
Series: HP Technologies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 587
Published: 1st November 2006
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 18.9  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 2