vps or not for new server
Question asked by Richard Frank - 1/22/2016 at 1:49 PM
I am planning to buy a new server. I know that ST used to advise a physical server for smartermail, but we are a few years further now then when I read that advise.
With the servers of today, is it still advised to install SM server on a physical box or are servers speedy enough.
I have some 1200 users, and the server I now use is still easily capable of handling the mail. The server hardware is now 7 years old win 2008 sp2 (not R2)

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Matthew Titley Replied
I've been running SmarterMail as a virtual server for many years. My physical server is an HP Proliant running Windows 2012 R2 and Hyper-V. SmarterMail is running on a Windows 2012 R2 virtual machine. Let me list just a few of the advantages.
1:) Live Migration to another server with no downtime.
2.) The ability to make a snapshot (checkpoint) at any time and then revert to it quickly with a few mouse clicks. This is a great feature to have before a major upgrade.
3.) Backup and restore without having to turn off/reboot physical server
4.) Easy to add/expand/shrink storage with no downtime.
5.) Add memory or cpu resources from the Hyper-V console, all it takes is a quick VM reboot.
6.) Real time replication/mirroring to a second server, built in to the OS at the Hyper-V level, whether local or at another hosting facility for serious redundancy.
7.) Create and manage virtual switches and virtual LANs from the Windows Hyper-V console.
8.) All of this is included in one Windows 2012 R2 license.
I just couldn't fathom going back to a physical server as an application server for love nor money!
Paul Blank Replied
Thanks for the comprehensive response, and I'm not even the one who posted the question!
Richard Frank Replied
Now I am forced to express my gratitude too :)
But indeed, I know there are already huge sites running on VMWare/hyper-v, so also mail must be no problem
Paul Blank Replied
forced, ha! Cheers, Paul

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