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Planning Network Adapters

Microsoft Exchange Server makes the best use of network resources. High-speed network adapters and network drivers optimize Microsoft Exchange Server performance. High-speed network adapters can achieve high throughput rates with low CPU use.

Because many clients will be simultaneously using the server, you should install one or more high-performance network adapters, based on a high-speed bus such as PCI or Extended Industry Standard Architecture (EISA). Installing multiple adapters in a multiprocessor server means that a single server can handle more clients, with each adapter servicing a separate network segment or protocol.