Deploying Exchange Server 2007

Microsoft today released a couple of documents to aid in the deployment of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. These Microsoft Word compatible documents (no XPS documents this time) provide descriptions and overviews of features, guidelines for planning, and steps for deploying an Exchange 2007 organization.

They correspond with the predefined four supported deployment scenarios.

 

Deployment Scenarios

You can categorize your Exchange Server 2007 deployment into one of the four supported Exchange organization models:

 

  • Simple Exchange Organization
    The Simple Exchange Organization contains either a single Exchange server that provides all Exchange services and stores all Exchange data for the entire organization, or multiple Exchange servers in a topology that includes redundant directory servers and an Edge Transport server in a perimeter network.
  • Standard Exchange Organization
    The Standard Exchange Organization builds upon the Simple Exchange Organization by deploying multiple computers running Exchange.
  • Large Exchange Organization
    The Large Exchange Organization is the largest organization model that can be deployed in a single Active Directory directory service forest.
  • Complex Exchange Organization
    The Complex Exchange Organization is the only model that includes multiple Active Directory forests or the use of synchronization technology.

 

Deploying a Simple Exchange Server 2007 Organization

Of the four defined organization models for Microsoft Exchange 2007 (simple, standard, large, and complex), the simple Exchange organization represents the most basic topology into which Exchange 2007 can be deployed. The simple Exchange organization contains either:

  • A single Exchange server that provides all Exchange services and stores all Exchange data for the entire organization.
  • Multiple Exchange servers in a topology that includes redundant directory servers and an Edge Transport server in a perimeter network.

 

This document will provide the planning and deployment information you need to get your simple Exchange 2007 organization up and running.

Deploying a Standard Exchange Server 2007 Organization

Of the four defined organizational models for Exchange 2007 (simple, standard, large, and complex), the standard Exchange organization represents the most common topology into which Exchange 2007 is deployed. As messaging service needs grow beyond the resource limits of a single computer, separation of Exchange 2007 services onto multiple computers becomes the next topological division: the standard Exchange organization. The standard Exchange organization builds upon the simple Exchange organization by deploying multiple computers running Exchange.

This document will provide the planning and deployment information you need to get your standard Exchange 2007 organization up and running.

Deploying a Large Exchange Server 2007 Organization

Of the four defined organization models for Exchange 2007 (simple, standard, large, and complex), the large Exchange organization is the largest organization model that can be deployed in a single Active Directory directory service forest environment.

This document will provide the planning and deployment information you need to get your large Exchange 2007 organization up and running.

Deploying a Complex Exchange Server 2007 Organization

As its name implies, a complex Exchange organization represents the most intricate topology into which Exchange 2007 is deployed. Of the four defined organization models for Exchange 2007 (simple, standard, large, and complex), the complex Exchange organization is the only model that includes multiple Active Directory directory service forests or the use of synchronization technology.

This document will provide the planning and deployment information you need to get your complex Exchange 2007 organization up and running.

 

Concluding

The documents in this post are very good references for your Microsoft Exchange deployment(s). I suggest you read the document corresponding to your Exchange organization model when you’re planning a deployment.

These documents are deployment-specific compilations of several Exchange 2007 Help topics and are provided as a convenience for people who want to view the topics in print format. To read the most up-to-date deployment topics, visit the Exchange Server 2007 Library.

 

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