Planning a Reliable Back-End Storage Solution


Topic Last Modified: 2006-05-08

To design a Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 storage solution that is both available and scalable, you must be familiar with storage technologies such as redundant array of independent disks (RAID), Storage Area Networks (SANs), and network-attached storage

You must also understand how to use these technologies to maximize the availability of your Exchange 2003 data.

You cannot properly plan your Exchange storage solution without considering disaster recovery strategies. Therefore, to maximize the availability and recoverability of your Exchange 2003 data, you should read this section in conjunction with the Exchange Server 2003 Disaster Recovery Planning Guide.

Although most examples in this section focus on mailbox storage, the principles and concepts apply to public folder storage as well.

Knowledge of Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2000 database files and Exchange transaction log files is helpful when reading this section. However, it is not a necessary prerequisite.