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I am currently setting up a wide area network for my company, we are looking to install three servers at three different sites, all sites are going to be using the same e-mail address.

My question is this, forgetting about cost which is the best scenario, installing exchange server at all three sites and pointing the users to their local exchange database and making one of the servers the main server from receiving mail.

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Install exchange server at one location and all user accounts at one location and all users will link via VPN (which is currently available) to the exchange server.

I have assigned 500 points because I need a very quick response from exchange expert.
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by:trenes
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Hi jacass,

A very important aspect of how to implement this would be the connection speed between the three offices.
And the Number of exchange users
And what is the main purpose of email within your company: Is it a document repository? or just good'ol plain text?


Cheers!
regards,

Trenes
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by:jacass
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the connection speed between all offices is standard ADSL (albeit a little quicker these days) the number of exchange users is at one office approximately 8 users at another office approximately 15 users and that the main office approximately 40 users.

The main usage of e-mail is mainly document repository.
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by:tim1731
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Hi Jackass,

You could look at one server at the main office and put ishared devices in all three this would reduce traffic between the site and could also assit in backup and DR  http://www.packeteer.com/products/ishared/

The low end version of this would be ok in the remote offfices see what you think.

Regards,

Tim1731
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trenes earned 500 total points
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I have remote offices with around 20 users and have no problems on SDSL lines, the network traffic is really really low.
We have some users with 70.000 mail items and oevr 500 folders (yes we've got mapi errors so I chaned the mapi reg key to have 1000 sessions open)
And we do not have performance issues.

I guess you can do with only 1 exchange server really! If its not its easy to create one bridgehead and 2 remote sites the otherway around is a lot more difficult (license wise! )
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by:jacass
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Trenes, I would agree with you and if no one comes up with a better plan in the next few days thats the one I will be using.

I will add the points in a few days.
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