Two Exchange 2003 Servers in one Environment and cannot take one down
Posted on 2004-10-07
Ok guys new problem for the Exchange newbie here.
I will run you through the whole scenario to give you a good look at what is going on.
We had a box called EXG2000 with an IP of 10.114.0.15 and it was located at our business office data center.
We wanted to upgrade cause the box was old and we needed a mail server here at the Hospital cause this is where i connection from Sprint comes in anyway. Then the hospital connects to the business office and the business office has no incoming line other than the one that runs through the hospital(I just started here a month ago and have no idea why it was set up the way it was)
Anyway on to the point. I took the new box i bought and named it EXG2003 with an IP of 10.1.20.2
I installed Exchange 2003 and migrated everyones mailbox and public folders over to the new server(exg2003)
Now for some reason if i take down the EXG2000 box outlook looses connectivity with the EXG2003 exchange server completely. I dont have one set up as a front end server or anything.
It is almost like the EXG2003 box is using EXG2000 as some sort of gateway or has some sort of dependancy. I have tried everything to fix the problem. I stop every Exchange service on the EXG2000 box and mail still works fine with EXG2003.
It is only when i reboot or shut down EXG2000 that we loose connectivity to the EXG2003 box.
Also one thing i observed is this. In the Exchange System Manager when i look under the EXG2000 Protocols the imap and the smtp servers they have like a white circle. It isnt a red X or anything showing they are not running.
I am in desperate need of help as our mail has been up and down the last 3 days and that is hard to swallow for a Hospital CEO. He isnt a happy camper.
Also just another note when i try to uninstall the EXG2000 Exchange installation it wont let me and it gives me an error saying that i have mailboxes still using the mailbox store but i look and there isnt any mailboxes in there.
This is baffeling me. Please Help !!!