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Need a solution to solve: I have a mailbox on an Exchange 2000 mail server. In case the server goes down I want to be able to continue working off another server at a remote site within around 10 mins max.

Restoring from backup tape is not fast enough and definetly not an option.

I thought of using Windows 2000 Cluster Services but after some research realized it wouldn't work unless the two servers were sharing a bus ie. right next to each other.

So I am thinking of creating another mailbox on a remote server that contains duplicate info.
Just how to do and if its the best appraoch is the question.



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by:Joe_Cool
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Your admin should be able to remotely set up an additional exchange account on you machine with full rights.  You can't do it from the client side it must be done from the server side.  (I have such a set up and it works fine.)
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cephal0pod earned 1500 total points
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I guess one way you could do this would be:

1) Create a new user and mailbox on the remote server.
2) Assign yourself permissions to access this secondary mailbox.
3) Set up rules on your main mailbox to forward all mail sent and received to the secondary box.

If your main exchange box goes down, you could open the secondary mailbox on the secondary server and it should contain all your mail.

Matt
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by:spider-moe
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cephal0pod,

My thoughts exactly, but lets say I delete email off my main mailbox, the backup obviously will still have those deleted emails in, which in my case may be lots. Is there anyway you know how to synchronize the two boxes automatically?

I have considered just copying my email every month or so but a synchronized box would be ideal.

Thanks
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by:cephal0pod
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Hmmm. Lots of people don't like 'em, but have you thought of  using personal folders just this once?

You can set these such that both you and the 'other you' on the backup Exchange box could access the data within them. If the main box went down, all you'd have to do would be to attach the .pst to the account on the backup.

You wouldn't have any data in the Exchange DB though, so you'd need to make sure to back up the .pst as well.

Matt

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