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Is there any way you can configure 2 exchange 2000 servers so that if one of them goes down the other takes over immediately  ?
If we suppose the 2 servers are at the same location (same lan).

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no it is not possible. unless you go for cluster solutions (might be possible..with clustering)

Instead you can create a seperate forest with the same name and install the exchange server with the same organisation name and computer name. Restore your exchange backup on this new exchange server so as to keep it synchronised all the time and connect it to your network whenever the your original server crashes.
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Hi ikm7176,

the clustering solution works really well for what  cmdias is asking, as we have a number of cluster exchange servers doing exactly that now.
The only down side is the large cost involved  (hardware and Windows EE).

Creating dual forests is a good way to have an offline or standby recovery solution, but to make that real time you'd need NAS storage and even then you'd manually have to swap the NAS unit over. Clustering does that automatically!

Hope that helps.
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