Many production Exchange deployments are virtualized in order to achieve better utilization of hardware or align with datacenter deployment standards. As a critical server application,it's important to understand the implications of virtualizing Exchange and ensure that deployments are aligned to Microsoft's best practices. We cover what we have learned about the best ways to deploy Exchange in a virtual environment,the various virtualization technologies that can impact Exchange user experience,and scenarios where virtualization may not be the best choice. We also discuss the differences between Exchange native data protection and the high availability and failover features offered by virtualization stacks,and the level of availability that each offer to a deployment.
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