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Adding a second exchange server

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Hi ALl,  I currently have an Ex 2k server in our domain and we need to add a secind one.  This server will eventually be placed to another location/state and will have to communicate with the first server.  It will be onm the same domain/forest.  How do I go about setting this up and which setting should I take careful consideration of while doing this?  Not sure at what point to bring it online without damaging the other server and most off all, getting the email addresses and public folders to be replicated.  Lost, please assist.
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As far as the installation, just install exchange and it will locate the main server itself. As long as your installation is on the same domain it will configure everything you need.
Public folders are set to replicate by default to all exchange servers on the domain.
Email addresses get more tricky, when just adding an exchange server the main difference is when you add a new email account it will ask you which server to receive the mail to, and if that server then goes offline, so does the email.
The best way as far as I read your request, is once you install exchange, move or create a mailbox to the new server, then login to that mailbox and make sure folders are replicating correctly, the global address list works, etc...
Then once that is done, just move the users whom will be at the second site, to this server, (through active directory users and computers)
I've got many servers running here, and have not had issues with any of them as long as the admins remember to create the mailbox in the correct server. (And no, these do not replicate)

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Hi, thanks for the reply.  I just found out that the location that will get the second server is on a different domain, for expame we are test.com and they are west-test.com  .  What should I do with this scenario?
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As in a different security domain or a different email domain? (will you be able to browse to their computers and add users [that have a different email address] for them etc... or will you be completely seperate entities?)

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Hi,  yes that is the plan that is intended I was told.  The current Exchange server is a one of the DC's.  Placing it on the west coast would give us here on the east coast administration to their network.  I assume.
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Well, if that is correct, all you would need to do is have their email addresses change via Recipient Update services. If you do not have a solid VPN between these two sites you may have problems with replications however.

If they end up just running a seperate security domain that you will be Terminal Servicing into (or dialing, or vpning or whatever) Than just set them up a completely seperate exchange server.

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I assume that the Sites have to be different while setting this up?  
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If you are setting up a whole new Location and Domain, you can do it, just create a new forest when your configuring the domain at your current site.
If your just wanting to extend your current domain to a new site but with the new site have a seperate email address and domain contact, you may want to look into create a child domain with the new site. May be easier administrativly. Then you can add a recipient policy to change the new site's email accounts to whatever you wish. Just remember that by default a child domain would be something like:
ourdomain.com (your current email and domain)
child.ourdomain.com (the child domain and new site)

They basically run as seperate entities, but the parent domain has full control over the child by design.
You can then add a recipient policy that anyone in child.ourdomain.com has an email address of our-domain.com as well (or whatever your email is)

Hope this makes sense

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Hi Isigow, it oes make sense to me(kinda) :>)   .  As this project for me proceeds, I just got the news that there is a VPN beween out two locations.  However, it is a one-way trust.  We cannot see them, but they can see us.  What do you think can happen(if any) as far as this going through?  
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If they can see you but you cannot see them, a completely seperate domain is your best bet, just make sure you have terminal services access to their site DC so you can administer their information. (port 3389 on the firewall) Without a 2 way pass through, replication will always fail. Just follow the directions on setting up a Domain from scratch.

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