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Exchange 2000 or 2003 failover

Posted on 2003-10-30
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Is there a way (without clustering) to have two exchange 2000 or 2003 servers mirror one another so if one server goes down the users will automatically be redirected to the other server i.e. their profile will fail over to the other server?
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by:KingHollis
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Just brainstorming...

You could do an elaborate backup and restore process whereby Server A could do a backup at set intervals to a mapped drive on Server B. Then Server B could then do a interval restores from the backups. Because of the Shadow Copy feature that 2003 uses with backups, I would use 2003.
I was thinking that within DNS, you could create an alias for Server B to be Server A or use some sort of round robin config, but I am not sure that either would work or make sense. First, you couldn't control which server is seen as Server A at any given time and you would run the risk of getting attached to the outdated server. And, since Exchange is so tightly integrated with AD, you may not be able to trick AD into believing that Server B is really Server A anyway.

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by:msice
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I am looking for a solution that would allow for automatic fail over: Users could close and reopen Outlook and the available server would take over. A periodic syncing operation would need to take place at the exchange level I am more worried about keeping users sending and receiving email.
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by:msice
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I would like a refund I solved this question myself by using clustering. I was looking for a way without clustering but no one had any real solution.
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