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How does outlook choose a server? - 14.Sep.2011 10:44:13 AM   
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I originally posted this in the general forum, but it may be more appropriate here.

We plan on having an exchange server in a central location (with very high bandwidth) on both the West coast and East coast that will replicate with each other. When a user travels from one coast to another, does Outlook automatically figure out which server to use based on which is closest? Or is this something that needs to be done manually? Also how does Outlook web access choose, same as the regular Outlook client or does it need to be told manually?
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RE: How does outlook choose a server? - 14.Sep.2011 11:25:31 AM   
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Actually I think I basically just want to know if there is a way that somebody who travels from one coast to the other can change connect to the email server that is physically closest to them at any one given time. Originally I thought that this would be the case with Exchange 2010 replication, although now it looks to me like that isn't the case that the replication is strictly to ensure there is a backup ready in case of failover.

I really wish there was a way to use multiple servers to access email based on your physical location, but it looks like I was wrong - can anyone confirm this?

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RE: How does outlook choose a server? - 17.Sep.2011 12:27:25 PM   
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So a DAG protected mailbox database can only have one active database copy at a time. In addition only one CAS server/array FQDN can be specified for a database.

So in this case Outlook will connect to the CAS server/array in site1 using MAPI over RPC and the RPC CA service will then connect to the MBX server hosting the active database with holds the user's mailbox.

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