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Initiating Exchange Cluster Failover

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Ok, tonight I need to reboot the primary node of my Exchange cluster. Should I just reboot the server, and let the cluster service take care of the failover for me, or should I manually failover to the secondary node then reboot???? If I should manually failover, using cluster administrator, what is the easiest way to do this?? I have only one EVS(exchange virtual server) Based on the speed that I need to know this, this question is worth 500 points. I have 2 hours. Thanks for any tips. Have a good day!
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The cluster would automatically failover to the second node if you shut down your primary node. the question is when the primatry node comes up, will the exchange application failback to the primary node. I believe if you had set preferred node as primary node, then the failback process would automatically happen. You can set period for failback so that the failback happens during non peak hours.
If preferred node is not set, then by rightclicking exchange group in cluster administrator, you can initiate move group.
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Never mind. I figured it out. the easiest way is to do a MOVE GROUP. that failed over the cluster to the other node. did the maintenance, and failed back. all was well.
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thanks cjtraman, i did not see your response before I posted. You were exactly right. Thanks!
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