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Single Server ---> DAG - 3.Jan.2012 7:27:48 AM   
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Hello All and Happy New Year,

I have a quick questions to ask some helpful DAG expert,

I currently have 1 Exchange server running, this is a Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with Exchange 2010 Standard SP1, now this server has all the Exchange roles currently installed.

Now my question is in order to achieve High Availability do I need an additional 2 servers along with current server or do I just need 1 extra server or maybe 3 extra, I am a little confused regarding the Client Access and Hub Transport roles and requirements.

Any help or pointers would be great.
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RE: Single Server ---> DAG - 3.Jan.2012 10:32:20 AM   
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OK lets begin with some basic requirements - In order to have DAG, you need a minimum of 2 servers running the mailbox role. Secondly, if you would like to co-locate the CAS and hub transport roles on the same servers as the mailbox role, this IS possible UNLESS but that means you will have no high availability for the CAS and HT roles. In order to achieve high availability for those roles, you need to load balance them either using Windows NLB or hardware load balancer (hardware recommended by Microsoft). Now here is the problem - If you want to use Windows load balancing with CAS\HT then you cannot colocate them with the mailbox role because DAG and Windows NLB cannot be placed on the same server!

In conclusion, I see you having the following options:

If you want complete high availability of the three roles then:
  1. Install a second server with all three roles and purchase a hardware load balancer for the CAS\HT roles. Implement DAG for the mailbox role.
  2. Install a new mailbox server and then install 2 servers running CAS+HT (total of 3 new servers). Configure the CAS\HT servers with Windows NLB and the 2 mailbox servers with DAG.


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RE: Single Server ---> DAG - 3.Jan.2012 10:38:44 AM   
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Great Thank You, that's what I needed :)

Can you recommend and hardware load balancer that will do the job well?

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RE: Single Server ---> DAG - 3.Jan.2012 10:42:27 AM   
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Hardware load balancers are quite pricy so you have to work with your budget. I have clients that use CoyotePoint and others using F5 BigIP. If your machines are virtual you can consider getting a virtual HLB as i think F5 have one.

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RE: Single Server ---> DAG - 3.Jan.2012 10:49:21 AM   
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Again thank you Kindly

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