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Dear Experts

I need your help with the following case.  We used to have a Domain controller server with the following installation

1- MS Windows 2003 Enterprise Server
2- Active Directory
3- DNS
4- MS Exchange 2003 Enterprise Server

This server has a fake IP address for communicating with our network, and a real IP address for (Internet, Exchange emails and Web-mail)

We have decided to move our exchange system and data files to a 2 nodes cluster solution for better performance and availability.  The 2 nodes setup was as follows:

1- Install 2 Identical servers with shared storage
2- Both servers have MS Windows 2003 Enterprise Server
3- Cluster Service has been installed as active/passive
4- All resources has been installed
5- DTC service has been installed
6- A new group (MSDTC) with a (virtual IP, storage resource and network ID) for exchange has been installed in the cluster administrator
7- MS Exchange 2003 Server with SP has been installed on both servers
8- SA Resource has been added to MSDTC group and exchange services were working perfectly

We have moved the users’ mailboxes from the domain controller to the new virtual exchange cluster and tested the sending and receiving, no user had any problem with this.

The only problem we still have now is that we want to run the Exchange Web-mail on the cluster too. Our Web-mail is hosted under the real IP which is still installed in the domain controller.  I have tried installing a new IP resource in the MDTC group with the same real IP address and installed another real IP address in the domain controller for the and still the web-mail not working.  Is there another way I can resolve this issue?

Thanks for your help
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Keith Alabaster
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You should be able to forward the web requests to the virtual IP of the Exchange cluster. However, personally (we also run clustered ex2003) I have put in a exchange gateway server that handles the owa and passes the requests off to the respective be box in the cluster.
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Nice Simon lol Your terminology must have been easier to understand than mine :(

Exchange is the server side of a collaborative application product that is part of the Microsoft Server infrastructure. Exchange's major features include email, calendaring, contacts and tasks, support for mobile and web-based access to information, and support for data storage.

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