Can you replicate a mailbox store between two Exchange Servers?

Posted on 2006-04-04
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Without using clustering, is there a way with Exchange Server 2003 SP2 (with Windows Server 2003) to replicate / copy a mailbox store from one Exchange Server to another?

Both servers would be running Exchange 2003 Server SP2 and Windows Server 2003 Standard editions.

I could purchase software like DoubleTake, but I am simply looking for some alternatives.

Maybe a script which runs at night which copies the log files and mailbox store to another server?
Question by:andrefortier7
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    Short answer - no.
    Even if you could script a copy of the files, Exchange is designed to run 24/7 - there is no good time to take down an Exchange server for the length of time it would take to move the databases across.

    The most you could do is take a backup and then ship that across.

    Otherwise you are looking at something like DoubleTake... at least until the next version of Exchange.

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    Expert Comment

    also look in WANSync for Exchange from

    Author Comment


    Thanks - that's what I thought.

    I was looking at Double Take because it can also replicate SQL Server.
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    Expert Comment

    Doubletake does a pretty good job.
    I would suggest that you play with it in a lab first - the fail over and fail back can be a little hair raising the first time it happens, so test it in a lab first so that you are happy with the process.


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