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Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 21.Nov.2006 4:19:52 PM   
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We currently have one exch box(exchA)(2k3) housing all our mailboxes which is a domain controller . We have to ext domain names dom.a and dom.b on that box. all works fine. We have built 2 new exch servers one to house dom.b(exchB) mailboxes and one to house dom.a(exchC). ExchC(member Server) is only a temp so we can rebuild ExchA to reconfigure the disks. ExchB will be perm server and is a ad domain controller. We use Outlook webaccess and have one pointer. What is the best way to make this work with One web address and multiple Exchange servers and external domain names. I have another server to use as a front end if needed. Right now we use a router to forward http directly to exchA for webmail and all incomming mail gets directed to a smtp scanner(ScanA) then to to exchA. Thanks in advance
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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 21.Nov.2006 4:38:52 PM   
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This article goes over configuring OWA for multiple domains.

http://hellomate.typepad.com/exchange/2003/07/owa_and_multipl.html


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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 21.Nov.2006 4:54:01 PM   
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Ok , I get this part but should this be done on a front end server. I figure I need to change my router to forward https traffic to the front end server and that my smtp scanner needs to forward to front end server instead of exchA.



current
            ---router-----
^                                        ^
incoming mail              https(webmail)
^                                              ^
 smtp scan                            excha
^
exchA

Is this how it should look
           ---router-----
^                                           ^
incoming mail                https(webmail)
^                                              ^
smtp scan                           frontend
^                                              ^
frontend                           exhca--exchb
^
exhca--exchb

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 21.Nov.2006 4:58:49 PM   
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Do this on your frontend if your intend to use your FE as your OWA server.

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 22.Nov.2006 8:56:19 AM   
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can i convert to the to be frontend box to a frontend server and still leave my routing rules in place for a bit or do they need to be changed right away to point to the fe server?

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 22.Nov.2006 9:09:35 AM   
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What you can do is build your new FE box. Change it to frontend using the checkbox. Do the fix in the article to host multiple domains. Give this guy a public natted ip and test from outside. If it works then change your firewall rules.

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 22.Nov.2006 9:11:41 AM   
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thank you for the info. I wanted to make sure i could change the checkbox fe to test before changing and rules and still be able to have mail function properly

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 22.Nov.2006 12:34:13 PM   
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Yes, but this is a new FE box right? You're not checking the FE checkbox on your existing BE server right?

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 22.Nov.2006 1:07:49 PM   
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correct this is a new server that I have installed exchange on with no mailboxes.

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 22.Nov.2006 2:33:54 PM   
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ok another question, my router point all icoming mail to my scan server(symantec smtp scan) for external dom.a and dom.b and forwards it to one exchange server. Will I just have my scan server now direct the incoming mail to the front end server or directly to the back end servers
Once I have check the FrontEnd server checkbox, If I discover somethings not right can i uncheck it and have things go back to normal

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 27.Nov.2006 8:30:08 PM   
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once I checked the FE option and the in testing discovered something wrong, is it just as easy to uncheck the FEoption  to revert the environment back to the way it was

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 27.Nov.2006 9:11:30 PM   
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Yes, uncheck it and reboot.

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 1.Dec.2006 9:41:32 PM   
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ok i check the fe option. I then move my mailbox to serverB for testing and left the rest on serverA. if I try to do owa internally to the feServer box I get the login but when I try to logon the screen refreshes and splits showing the login screen in 2 pains. if I go directly to serverb then i can get in. I can't figure out what I missed. I followed the docs

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 2.Dec.2006 9:32:54 AM   
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Can you descibe this a bit more?

>I get the login but when I try to logon the screen refreshes and splits showing the >login screen in 2 pains.


See if this applies.
Users receive a "Loading" message when they use OWA to access their mailbox after you apply a hotfix or a service pack to Exchange Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/910119

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 4.Dec.2006 7:46:35 AM   
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I can log directly in the back End server 2 owa fine but when I try to log into owa through the front end server and try to login the screen refreshes and split the screen with 2 login windows

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RE: Multiple Servers, Multiple Domain Names - 4.Dec.2006 9:49:49 AM   
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Open IIS on both frontend and backend server. Expand default website --> Exchweb and you will see some folders with numbers as their names. Whatever you have on the frontend you must have on the backend for this hierarchy as well. Each of these folders represents an update performed on the store.exe file. The frontend server must have the same or higher updates than the backend server. In other words, whenever you will be updating the servers, make sure you update the FE first. Do the folders match?

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