System Requirements for Setting Up a Microsoft Exchange Server

System Requirements for Setting Up a Microsoft Exchange Server

Author: Sharath Reddy

With a gamut of features and advantages, the Microsoft Exchange Server is a favorite among general people and organizations alike. But it requires a range of hardware and software requirements which the user should be wary off.

Hardware Requirements: The Exchange Server requires a good amount of memory and hard-disk space for its proper functioning and therefore it is advisable that the ample amount of RAM and Hard Disk space is provided for its use. Also it requires a good deal of processing power, hence a good core of processors are required for the Exchange Server. It should be kept in mind that all the latest versions only run in 64-bit processors and therefore any x64 processors, barring the Itanium ones, will do the trick with multiple cores quickening up the process. The Exchange Server uses a good deal of RAM but can also work with any given version of it. Usually it uses a major part of it as it caches almost everything it can get hold off for future use. The environment also plays a big part here with single servers processing on a few gigabytes and giant network of servers working on thousand of terabytes-so it depends.

Software Requirements: The latest versions of Exchange, all have prerequisites attached to all the roles in them and it is advisable for a user to download and check them before setting-up. For example the Server Command uses different types of XML files depending on the type of role the user assigns. Also, in virtualization platforms not all roles, like the Unified Messaging Server role, and hypervisors are supported.

The application can run on most of the Microsoft Windows operating systems including the latest Windows 7. Apart from Windows 7, it also works on Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 and Home edition. Moreover, it also runs on the Macintosh operating systems (version 10.5 and 10.6)

There are certain dependencies such as Microsoft.NET Framework 3.0 (for Windows) and Java Client 1.4.2 (for Macintosh OS), without which the Exchange application would not work. Moreover, it also requires an office client to be present in the system. The Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 editions are compatible in the enterprise section while the Microsoft Office 2008 and 2011 are the compatible server editions.

In case of web browsers, the Internet Explorer 7 and later versions along with Mozilla Firefox (3 and higher), Google Chrome (3 and higher) is supported by Microsoft Exchange. When the application runs of Macintosh OS, it generally uses the default Microsoft Safari browser (3.0 and above)

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