The following are best practices from this chapter:
- Use site consolidation strategies to reduce the number of Exchange servers to deploy.
- Separate the Exchange log and database files onto separate physical volumes whenever possible.
- Install Exchange Server 2007 on Windows Server 2003 R2 Edition when possible.
- Integrate an antivirus and backup strategy into Exchange Server design.
- Keep a local copy of the global catalog close to any Exchange servers.
- Implement quarterly or semiannual maintenance procedures against Exchange databases by using the isinteg and eseutil utilities.
- Keep the OS and Exchange up to date through service packs and software patches, either manually or via Windows Software Update Services.
- Keep the AD design simple, with a single forest and single domain, unless a specific need exists to create more complexity.
- Identify the client access methods that will be supported and match them with the appropriate Exchange Server 2007 technology.
- Implement DNS in the environment on the AD domain controllers.