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Melanie_Christi's avatar
Historic F5 Account
Jan 14, 2011

Planning an Exchange Migration?

Have you also heard that only 5-8% of Exchange customers have moved to Exchange 2010, and that 20% of Exchange customers will have moved to Exchange 2010 by the end of 2011 and 45-50% by the end of 2012.



Do you have an Exchange migration planned?



Microsoft recommends hardware load balancing for Exchange Server 2010. Check out the article below.



(Microsoft TechNet: Understanding Load Balancing in Exchange 2010)



Check out this Dell Power Solutions Article discussing seamless migrations across multiple data centers.



Any experiences of your own to share?

3 Replies

  • Melanie_Christi's avatar
    Historic F5 Account
    So our Engineer, Fred Johnson, referred me to some technical white papers located on Microsoft TechNet. And as you would expect, I immediately drilled down to see if they had included F5 in the hardware load balancing section & voila… bingo- F5 was there just as I had anticipated.



    You can read more about this by clicking on this link



    Feel free to dig around the site yourself when you have time. This site will show you Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions white papers for environments with 500, 9000, or 16,000 mailboxes, mostly on Dell hardware. Has anyone else used this site for reference?



    And don’t forget to take a look at the F5 Deployment Guide: for a complete step-by-step on how to configure BIG-IP for Exchange 2010. Recently updated!!



    Other cool resources: Dell TechCenter F5 | MS Exchange Wiki:


  • Melanie_Christi's avatar
    Historic F5 Account
    I ran across a new case study from F5 discussing how Sysmex (a healthcare company) Achieves 99.999Percent Availability for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 with F5






    Sysmex America, based in Mundelein, Illinois, is the United States headquarters of Sysmex Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of clinical testing devices and solutions for the healthcare industry.



    They rely on email to communicate with its customers (hospitals, clinics, test centers, and blood centers), suppliers, and key business partners. Employees rely on email to communicate information among research and development, production, marketing, and sales teams. Sysmex simply cannot afford downtime—email is the critical communications link that keeps business moving forward.



    Sysmex used our Application Ready Solution for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and as a result, has surpassed 99.999 percent email uptime.



    To ensure that the implementation followed best practices, Sysmex’s IT department used F5 deployment guidance, jointly developed with Microsoft.



    The solution provides Sysmex with cost-effective, centralized management and a flexible platform that it will expand to support other key systems.


  • Fred_Johnson_30's avatar
    Historic F5 Account
    Podcast: F5 Networks - Best Practices for deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2010



    Here is a short podcast by James Hendergart explaining some of the best practices for scaling Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Client Access Server (CAS) arrays. The video is 1 minute and 43 seconds in length and well worth the time.





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