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Planning Your Exchange Client Access Infrastructure


Topic Last Modified: 2005-05-17

To plan your Exchange client access infrastructure, you must first identify the technical requirements for your Exchange messaging system. After you understand your technical requirements, you can perform a gap analysis and determine what changes must be made to your existing environment, including network infrastructure, hardware, and software upgrades. Additionally, you must understand the basic concepts behind the factors that you need to consider when planning your Exchange infrastructure. Some of these factors are:

  • Security

  • Topological boundaries and limitations

  • Centralized vs. distributed messaging systems

  • Routing design

  • Server design and placement

  • Server sizing and tuning

  • User requirements

All these factors help you to design the client access infrastructure to meet your messaging requirements. For more information about designing and planning your messaging system, see Planning an Exchange Server 2003 Messaging System.

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