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Inside Windows Storage: Server Storage Technologies for Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003, and Beyond by Dilip C. Naik

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3.7. Microsoft Exchange 2000 and NAS

Microsoft Exchange 2000 is the latest released version of the popular enterprise messaging system from Microsoft and forms a key part of the BackOffice family of products. The architecture of Microsoft Exchange 2000 is significantly different from that of Microsoft Exchange 5.5, the previous version of the product. Although Microsoft Exchange 2000 introduced a lot of new features, the one big drawback, especially from the point of view of NAS vendors, is that Exchange 2000 cannot be used with NAS storage devices. The present discussion is limited to the parts of Microsoft Exchange 2000 that directly contribute to this limitation.

Figure 3.6 shows the relevant part of the architecture for Microsoft Exchange ...

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