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Secondary Exchange Server - 7.Jan.2008 4:54:15 PM   
methodman85

 

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Hi Everyone

I need some help. I'm very new to exchange, and I have to idea how to go about setting up redundancy on an exchange server.
Is it possible to create a second exchange server that would the same way a backup domain controller would? Main server goes down, Backup keeps the mail flowing?
Any suggestions, articles or instructions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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RE: Secondary Exchange Server - 7.Jan.2008 6:17:30 PM   
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It depends upon what level of redundancy you require.  You can cluster Exchange servers, but that still shares the storage.  You can use 3rd-party software, or you can upgrade to Exchange 2007.

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RE: Secondary Exchange Server - 7.Jan.2008 8:45:24 PM   
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Thanks for your response
You said clustering uses the same storage meaning the clustering takes place on the same box. Could you briefly describe what all clustering entails.

What I had in mind was setting up a second box to run as a backup server if that's possible. A complete replication of the main server.

Do you have any recommendations on 3rd party software I could look into? And what kind of redundancy do they offer?

Your 3rd option was upgrade to exchange 2007, although that's not currently possible could you briefly tell me what 2007 offers in terms of redundancy compared to 2000.

Thanks again!

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RE: Secondary Exchange Server - 7.Jan.2008 10:10:43 PM   
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Clustering allows for multiple servers, but they all share a common storage area (disk space).  Therefore you can protect against server failure, but not storage failure.

DoubleTake and WANSync are a couple of better known products, but there are others.  These synchronize the contents of the Information Store and give you options on how to failover from primary to secondary.

Exchange 2007 - High Availabilityhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124721.aspx

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RE: Secondary Exchange Server - 8.Jan.2008 11:39:22 AM   
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Thanks uemurad!
So far WANSync looks like the perfect solution.

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