Exchange 2007 w/SP1 Best Configuration Suggestions

Unfortunately, due to the x64 nature of exchange 2007, I have not been able to experiment with it as I have been able to with every other version.  Hence my knowledge on exchange '07 is limited to some reading and such.

Here is our situation....  we are buying two new servers.  windows 2003 enterprise with exchange 2007 enterprise.   We have 1 main datacenter in NY and 1 backup datacenter in Ohio with several other smaller sites on the same MPLS meshed network.

How should be best configure the two datacenters from a disaster recovery standpoint?  CCR?  CCR with SCR? yada yada..  We will have a dedicated 1.5Mbps between our main datacenter in Ny and backup datacenter in Ohio.  

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Matthew MillersCommented:
Unless your sites are on the same IP network, this rules out CCR (at least with Windows 2003).

You could use SCR (ex2k7 SP1) but this is not an automated failover (and you probably would not want it to be). You are also unable to backup a SCR target.

Why dont you download the x32 version of exchange (for testing only), and give you scenario a go in the lab.
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getzjdAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately, the lab I always had access to is gone as I am not a consultant anymore but a full time timeployee and there is no lab as we are a small/midsize company.

Guess I missed that small tidbit about different subnets and 2003.  Very hesitatnt to pursue 2008.  I belive the release date is still the 27th, isnt it?

Well crap...  lol
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Matthew MillersCommented:
You could use virtual PC for this, it is free!
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getzjdAuthor Commented:
I guess I should redirect this question back to not how I can test it, but what is the best solution given our environment.  Once the hardware is in place, we are at our leisure of setting it up as we are currently functioning just fine on our exchange 2k server.
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Matthew MillersCommented:
My initial answer details the options native to exchange2007/windows2003.
You may also want to look at xosoft to do cross subnet DR.
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getzjdAuthor Commented:
So just stick to two standard mailbox servers, one at each site?  I had initially thought to proceed along this route and should anything major happen to our corporate site for an extended period of time I could restore those boxes to the DR server from our daily tape backups or I could pull a copy acrosss the t1 each night.  

I have no problem doing it this way.  We had looked in to brightstor and doubletake before and may end up utilizing those in the future.

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getzjdAuthor Commented:
As Regis would say..   Is that your final answer?  Anyone? everyone?  :-)   If so, sounds good to me
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Matthew MillersCommented:
Well exchange 2007 has database portability, so you could potentially do what you have detailed. You just have that manual component of restoring the database.
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getzjdAuthor Commented:
I figured that was the route we would take.

THanks
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