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How to set up a backup exchange server?

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Hi

For a high availability Exchange Solution, I'm planning to set up the following:
MS-Cluster Configuration with Exchange in Active / Passive Mode
In a remote place, I'll have the complete IT-Infrastructure (no clusters) ready to take over in a case of a desaster.
This is a Domain Controller (sitting in the same Domain and therefor is always up to date)
an SQL-DB Server
an Exchange Server
all Data is ready to be copied to the relevant servers lokcal disks
But how can I run an additional exchange Server in the same domain, respectively it may not be connected to the network. But in case of a desaster, how can I move and run the Exchange DB on an alternative Server, since the original server is somehow known by the DC, I can't have the same Servername twice, and the SID will definitely be different?
Any Idea?
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I'm looking forward to your replys

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If you are using exchange 2003, this is a new feature that you may be interested in.  I'd create a second server in the network, and "pin" a copy of the database to it on a regular basis...

HTH,
Scott
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/ue2k3rsg.mspx
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Hi Scott

Thanks for your answer. How far I could see, this option is meant to recover a database.
The Document states "When you should not use a recovery storage group" If yuo need to restore an entire server.
What I have is:
A Microsoft Cluster Active/Passive running MS-Exchange 2003,
a Microsoft Cluster Active/Passive running MS-SQL 2000 and File- & Print services
two Microsoft Terminal Server with Citrix (Server Farm)
two Microsoft Exchange Frontend in MS-Load Balancing
two Domain Controller

On a remote site, I do have the test- and desaster Systems
- one DC
- one Exchange server
- One SQL Server / F&P server
- One terminal server
- One Microsoft Frontend Exchange Server
- A replicated Copy of all Data

If the HA-Site Fails, I need to switch over to the remote site. For SQL and F&P Services, I don't see any difficulties. For the Exchange I do see difficulties in bringing up the Database on a different server.

Regards
Thomas

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To recover the exchange server, you would already have exchange loaded on the spare system.  In the event of a failure, all you need to do is load the database on it and connect it.  This is different than restoring a whole server.  To restore the whole server, you need to start from scratch.  So to alleviate this, they let you load exchange on a spare, and keep it in waiting.  It is not a hot spare though.  To do that, the best way I can see is to have you second exchange server up and running as a memeber of the site, so that if the primary fails, you have something to switch over to in the minimum amount of time.

HTH,
Scott
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