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Replication between 2 Exchange 2007 Site without clustering

Dear All,

I have these equipments available:
In PRODUCTION Site:
1xAD 2003R2 SP2
1xExchange 2007
1xiSCSI Storage

In DR Site:
1xAD 2003R2 SP2
1xExchange 2007
1xiSCSI Storage

No cluster
All the Windows is Win2K3 R2 Standard Edition
Customer also have BackupExec 11d for Exchange

What I want to achieve:
If PRODUCTION down, user can still access the same mail in DR Exchange.
There must be Exchange replication between PRODUCTION and DR Exchange

What in my mind now are maybe:
ALTERNATIVE1
in PRODUCTION DR do LCR (Local Continuous Replication) to local folder and this folder replicated to DR using DFS. In DR then the log can be imported.
QUESTION
I still don't know about user mail data. Whether it also copied by LCR

ALTERNATIVE2
Use BackupExec 11d to copy user data to local disk and replicated to DR using DFS.
QUESTION
I don't know yet if only user data being copied by BackupExec or I need to copy Exchange config as well

ALTERNATIVE3
Can I have Exchange MailRelay and this mailrelay will send the same email to PRODUCTION and DR Exchange

ALTERNATIVE4
Can I have Exchange MailRelay and this mailrelay will send the email to either PRODUCTION or DR Exchange and these PRODUCTION and DR Exchange will sync between them

What is the best ALTERNATIVE?

thanks

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nbctcpAuthor Commented:
I think Standby Continuous Replication (SCR) can achieve what I want. But then it will only available in Exchange 2007 SP1 which is 2nd half of this year.
What is my interim solution so that I can configure it later for SCR?

http://msexchangeteam.com/videos/9/drandha/entry446453.aspx
http://msexchangeteam.com/videos/9/drandha/entry446453.aspx

thanks
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SembeeCommented:
There is no interim solution until SCR is released. SP1 for Exchange 2007? I think you will be lucky to see it this calendar year.

Otherwise you are looking at third party tools, such as DoubleTake or Neverfail.

Simon.
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nbctcpAuthor Commented:
Let say in PRODUCTION I have prexhangesvr1 in DR I have drexchangesvr1.
Both server has different hostname but both member of the same AD.
I backup prexhangesvr1  using WinBackup.
If prexhangesvr1 down, can I restore that backup to drexchangesvr1.
What will happen if prexhangesvr1  back on. I mean of course drexchangesvr1 has more recent email than prexhangesvr1. What should I do then
Anyone has experience with BackupExec 11d Agent for Exchange.
Can gimme some guidance. I am gonna install it.

thanks
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nbctcpAuthor Commented:
I try to answer myself.
We can import exchange database from 1st server into 12nd server by following this link
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Moving-Exchange-Server-2007-database-Mailbox-servers.html
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Computer101Commented:
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