Vmware & Exchange 2003

in our data center we run exchange 2003 enterprise.  this is a standalone box.  we want to make it highly available in a worst case scenerio, like server failure, short of a major disaster like a fire or something.  Im looking into vmware. How would vmware help me with my exchange disaster recovery?
Matt PessolanoAsked:
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Really depends on what version of VMWARE you have, I'll assume ESX server, which version?
Couple of ways it could help you, cluster two or more exchange servers or better still VMOTION http://www.vmware.com/products/vi/vc/vmotion.html if you have two identical boxes to host your ESX hosts then Vmotion is the way to go

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James MontgomeryCommented:
Hello dfschneider6673,

Bear in mind vmotion is for planned downtime only... VMware HA is for unplanned downtime (i.e. server failure).

With something like esXpress www.esxpress.com you can snap the server to a file at another location and restore to either vmware ESX or vmware server (free edition).

The best product you can get IMO is marathon EverRun FT.

Two physical servers running one virtual. You can literally pull components from one physical server and it won't miss a beat but it is not cheap, and you can run only one Virtual server under the current release (about to change: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIJjMq5uj6s&eurl=http://vmblog.com/archive/2008/02/07/video-marathon-everrun-vm-demo.aspx)


Malli BoppeCommented:
You need use doubletake or some other product in conjuntion with VMware for your DR.In your if your datacenter gets blown away.
1.)You need have the exchnage VM copied to another location(VMware)
2.)You also need the database which need to copied.(Doubletake or other products)

we are using SAN Melody this is SAN level data replication tool not an appliaction level repliaction tool.
I would suggest the best method would be to have two ESX servers, creat two Exchange servers one on each ESX host and cluster them.
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