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Exchange Replication: Is clustering not for me? - 21.Mar.2006 10:57:19 AM   
Alann

 

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Hello,

i work in a small IT consulting firm that manages small - med size companies.  We're looking for a solution to have replication for Exchange 2003 so if the main server fails the 2nd or "back-up" server will take over automaticlly and seamlessly. I understand this is what clustering Exchange is about, but it seems like the whole idea of clustering is more suited for enterprise level environment. I really don't need to have 4 nodes for failover I just need one, 1 Live and 1 back-up for failover .  i also know there are software such as Neverfail for Exchange, will software like this better suits what I'm looking for, or is there any other way that can do what I described. I'm fairly new to the whole concept of clustering and virtual servers, so any useful information will help greatly, thanks!

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RE: Exchange Replication: Is clustering not for me? - 21.Mar.2006 12:43:49 PM   
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I would advise that you impliment 1+1 node cluster.

This also depends on how many users you intend to have on the exchange server. You can also try products form Symantec Veritas which offer clustring solutions.

All depends on what the server will be loaded with.

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RE: Exchange Replication: Is clustering not for me? - 21.Mar.2006 8:53:55 PM   
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I'm looking at about at most 40 People mailbox Exchange set up.  Is 1+1 node set up Active/passive? The Exchange Server will either ride on the Domain Server or a stand alone mail server. Also, any Windows clustering requires W2k3 and Exchange 2003 Enterprise edition right?

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RE: Exchange Replication: Is clustering not for me? - 17.May2006 9:29:13 PM   
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Hello all,

I happen to be in the same situation myself. The problem that I have run into is that our servers are running 2003 standard. Clustering requires enterprise or datacenter addition. Clustering is not an option for me. Do you know if the software described above has it own clustering services that mesh well with windows OS?

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RE: Exchange Replication: Is clustering not for me? - 18.May2006 2:22:13 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Alann

I'm looking at about at most 40 People mailbox Exchange set up.  Is 1+1 node set up Active/passive? The Exchange Server will either ride on the Domain Server or a stand alone mail server. Also, any Windows clustering requires W2k3 and Exchange 2003 Enterprise edition right?


Clustering requires either w2k3 enterpeise or datacenter editions.  Active/Passive is the recommended configuration for exchange clustering. If at all possible do not install exchange on a DC.

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