HP Storage Planning Calculator for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
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While at Tech.Ed I had the opportunity to attend a session from Jurgen Hasslauer, MSG381 Exchange Server Sizing, where I was introduced to a fantastic tool: HP Storage Planning Calculator for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.
This free tool provided by HP (a registration may be needed) eases the burden of planning the storage of an Exchange 2003 server. The tool takes into account factors like capacity, performance, backup time, restore time, user profile and we can even generate a pricing breakdown report!
As Jurgen said, we (consultants) should all be worried, because the tool does much of the work we are supposed to do.
Make sure you also visit the site HP ActiveAnswers for Microsoft Exchange Server, where you can find other tools and guidance documents that will help you with many Exchange related tasks.