Setting up Exchange cluster

Posted on 2006-05-30
Last Modified: 2013-11-15
I am going to attempt setting up an Exchange 2003 cluster, and have a few questions.

1)  I have 2 static IP's that, for each IP, I will use a Netgear router to forward ports 25,110, & 80 through to each server.  On each server, I have a SCSI card that will connect to a port on a Powervault disk array.  I've read that you should have 5 static ip's, but what if you are behind a router?  Can you get away with only 3 Ip's (2 for server, and 1 for cluster?  Will this configuration work?  If not, what is a typical scenario for configuring a cluster?
Question by:bleujaegel
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    You need 1 IP each for two nodes(Public IP) one IP for Windows Cluster , one IP for Exchange Virtual Server and two IP(Private IP) each for one node.

    Please check with Microsoft Exchange 2003 Deployment Guide installation procedure for 2 nodes cluster.

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    Sorry, I wasn't completely clear when I said 3 ip's.  I ignored the 2 private IP's as an assumption.  I should have said 5.  I wasn't aware that the Virtual Server needs one as well.  So that makes 6.  

    I guess what I'm getting at is, if I have the 2 public IP's for the routers forwarding ports to the servers (using the 4 private IP's), and they are sharing a disk array, will this work, or is there a better method.  I'd prefer not to leave the servers directly connected via a static public IP, and I don't have the money for front end servers for the back end ones.   Thanks.

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