Exchange 2013 – Planning

System Requirements (CAS)

  • 8GB RAM (+ 2GB per core)
  • 30GB Disk Space (500mb Unified Comms, 500mb free on queue drive, 200mb System Drive)
  • 2 – 12 cores

System Requirements (Mailbox)

Forest Functional Level
Exchange 2013 requires a domain functional level 2003.

Standard LicenceĀ – 5 mailbox databases
Enterprise LicenceĀ – 50 mailbox databases


Upgrade Path
Exchange Server 2007 and 2010 can be upgraded to Exchange 2013

The Hub transport role has now been built into the Mailbox role. There are now three roles:

  • Mailbox
  • Client Access Server (CAS)
  • Edge

Hardening the servers
Hardening Exchange Servers can be done by disabling un-needed services and firewall rules. There is an application called Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM)