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LCR on a different server and drive?

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hi all,

i want to use our new exchange 2007 but the first storge group shows up as disabled.

how can setup the LCR to have a copy of the database on our fileserver?
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by:mikainz
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Maybe you would have a look as new SP1 feature:
Standby Continous Replication
see: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb676502(EXCHG.80).aspx

 
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that means, i have to setup the LCR on the D: drive since the original database is on the C: drive?
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Yep.
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and it doesnt work on a drive on our fileserver,correct?
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just a sec.... the database is already on the D:drive.  does that mean, i setup the LCR on the same drive,but different directory?  
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LCR is part of high availability - this means that if you have a drive failure - in that case you have the LCR copy on another drive from where you have the chance to mount the stores.

There is another idea which revolves around high availability is that if your stores go down for xyz reasons you always have another store database to mount from. Though this sounds a really good idea - it is always recommended to have another disk - drive mounted on the local box to have LCR copies made on them.
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buit where do i set the path for the database "copy"? can this be a disk on our fileserver?
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It is highly recommended to place the copy on local drives.
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by:gupnit
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Hi BoxExpert,
Like Exchange_Geek said it is better to go for LCR with local disks on same server.
But at the same time, if you can ensure Bandwidth and Low Latency then there is no stopping you from using iSCSI storage over LAN/WAN. Just that it cannot be CIFS (SMB).
Hope this makes sense.
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Nitin
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Here I found a technet article for your reference :: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124704(EXCHG.80).aspx
Cheers
Nitin
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ok, the original database is on the D: drive of the exchange server.

i want to move the copy to the drive of our fileserver. how do i do that?
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File server would mean that you are using the database to be copied across the network - if you could map the drive and you are able to view it using simple My Computers - simply enable LCR and post the database and log file location using EMC or shell.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998843(EXCHG.80).aspx

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yes, we have a GB switch and a very fast LAN. the fileserver has plenty of space.

since the database is on the D: drive on the exchange server, i want to have the copy of it on a different drive.

do i have just to add the UNC path and thats it?
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yep
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Hi,
Yes UNC path should do. Ideally I would use a dedicated Switch and a seperate link to file server. You network is going to really affect the performance.
I would also recommend that confgure your Transport Dumpster for more than the default og 18MB and around 10 days, just in case you run into issues, it will help you in recovery etc.
You are all set to go!!
Cheers
Nitin
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our storage server is connected thru iSCSI on our GB switch. i especially created a partition for logs,can i add it now?
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by:gupnit
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Yes .... Until you try you will not come to know
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Nitin
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by:Exchange_Geek
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Please do update us about your findings with the solution offered.

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ok, i have connected our fileserver through iSCSI and it looks good. although i have created a partition for the logs and database and gave full control to everyone,i cannot access it. if i want to move the database, i can see the path, but not choose the folder.
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by:gupnit
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Hi,
Well, that has to do with your File Server and Permissions.
From Exchange Server can you access the share directly.
Cheers
Nitin
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by:Exchange_Geek
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Seems, that the UNC path is not working - have you tried to work with different UNC path ?

Of course the asker has not responded - awaiting response.
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by:gupnit
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True very true Tushar, that was my last question also to him :-)
PS: Where are you, not active these days?
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@Nitin: Was a bit busy these days, would take some time to get back in gear :)
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i disabled LCR for now and will do it later on since we have other issues to do here. thanks anyway
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by:gupnit
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Please do close the question then to save time for EE Staff and volunteers
Thanks
Nitin
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Why Delete? I gave correct answer...
Cheers
Nitin
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