Restore exchange cluster to cluster with different name
Posted on 2005-03-21
Hello, I have Exchange 2003 on 2003 Server in a three node cluster with 2 EVS's located on east coast. Lets call the EVS's "mail1" and "mail2". I also have a 2 node cluster on the west coast with one EVS called "west1". They are also Exchange 2003 and 2003 Server. Both sites use a MSA-1000 for shared storage. The sites are linked via a 100mb MPLS. All offices connect to the east coast for mail, the west coast is just for failover. My problem is that I need to have failover capability with the most current data should the east coast (mail1 and mail2) office go down. My thought was to rename the west coast EVS to "mail1" take it offline and perform a restore with the data from the original "mail1" server. Then take a snapshot with shadow copy every 2 - 3 hours. I would then use HP Open View Storage Mirroring to replicate the data to the appropriate locations on the west coast. I am thinking that if I ever had to bring the east coast online it should have no problem mounting the stores. Does that make sence or have I just lost my mind? My other question is how would I get the data from "mail2" to restore onto the east coast server?
Thanks for any help.