Compared to past versions, the architecture of Exchange 2007 is split up into various smaller roles, each of which can run on a single physical box or a single virtual machine atop a larger physical box. Also, did you know there is no way to do an “in-place upgrade” to Exchange 2007 from a previous version. So, you will need to buy new 64 bit hardware to support the new infrastructure, and you will be building this environment next to your existing Exchange 2000/2003 production deployment. And then you will move mailboxes over… one server at a time. And… almost forgot… the economy sucks, so people are looking for ways to save costs.
More than ever before, I think now is a great time to make the move to a virtualized environment for Exchange 2007. Really, there are no major downsides anymore.
Besides taking the time to go out and learn about virtualization, what reasons is there for not virtualizing Exchange?
(this is a scheduled post. I’m actually on vacation somewhere in the middle of Florida. It’s got a monorail and rides and princesses(!) for the little ones. Yeah, that place. Anyway, if you comment, don’t be offended if it takes me awhile to get back to you, I could be in a 2 hour long line to see Cinderella.)