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Configuring two  Exchange 5.5  Servers for a single domain name

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Hi,
Can some one help me to configure two different mail servers (exchange 5.5 )for a single domain name (mydomain.com)?
I have a primary domain controller ( nt 4.0 ). Under this I need to configure two exchange 5.5 servers for a single domain name ( mydomain.com ). On one mail server (mail1)I would like to have users from development and on the second mail server ( mail2 ) I would like to have users from marketing.
Both the mail servers should have their own
1. Internet mail connector
2. Information store
Can some one help me on this ?

Thanks in Advance
Joel




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by:Joel_Gar
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Hi,

Can someone help me on this please ?

Thanks
Joel
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czcdct earned 200 total points
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A Few ways.
Way 1. All users are just user@domain.com

Install the first exchange server and set up the IMS etc. etc. Install the 2nd server as a server in the same site. Install an IMS on that one as well. Host the two sets of users on their respective exchange servers. Each IMS will handle it's own outbound. Inbound will be received by the IMS that you've reported to DNS as the MX record. Since the servers are in the same site mail the incoming IMS wil know where everyone is and send the mail accordingly.

Way 2. Users are user@marketing.domain.com and development.domain.com

As 1. Tell DNS about the main domain.com and decide which IMS you want to sent user@domain.com mail to. Create two subdomains in DNS called marketing and development. Create A and MX records to point to the appropriate servers. This way, outbound will go through the local IMS and the inbound mail will come to the specific IMS.

Way 3.

Create two exchange servers in their own site. Set site addressing on one to development@domain.com and the other to domain.com and marketing.domain.com. The mail will come into the primary IMS and be re-routed to the other IMS. Repeat the steps on the other server.
Create MX records for both servers for all domains and subdomains at the same MX preference (default is 10). That way mail will round robin to both servers and be directed inbound as previously described.

There are several other ways. Have a look through, decide what you fancy and if you need to re-post for more solution specific details then feel free.
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by:Joel_Gar
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Hi,
Thank you very much for your help.
I have few questions to ask with the solution ( Way 1 )Since we would like to have email id like someone@mydomain.com.
1. Can each IMS handle both inbound and outbound ?if so please explain me.
2. Is it possible for me to replicate information store from server1(mail1) to server 2 (mail2)  ? Both servers will be under same site and same nt domain ( PDC ) if so please explain me.
3. When we have only one mail server  ( exchange 5.5 with sp4) what are the best solutions if the server crashes to bring it online quickly or any other alternate solution !!

Thanks in advance
Joel.
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by:czcdct
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Hi, on your points...
1. IMS can handle inbound and outbound together. There are a couple of TechNet articles to help you through setting up outbound properly...
This Document "Configuring Internet Mail Service on MS Exchange Server 5.5" will help.
2. No. Only one IS can run on each server at any one point in time. If you want two running servers in your environment then you need additional software & hardware to replicate IS's to a 3rd and 4th box.
3. You can Cluster the system or run something like Legato Co-Standby Server (used to be from Vinca), If you don't invest in additional equipment then become real familiar with the "Disaster Recovery White Papers", again published on the MS site and on TechNet. They contain scenarios for just about every 5.5 failure and the resolution paths.

Good luck with the reading and let me have the 200 points :-)
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