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Redundancy and clustering

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Hi All,

Here at the accounting firm, we have a main corporate server running Windows 2003 SBS.  This box has everything installed on it that we use.  It's actually a Linux box running SBS as a virtual machine, so we back up the whole virtual machine on another network drive, nightly.  To make this redundant, should I offload some of the components onto other severs, or preferably, can I just leave it the way it is, and set up a secondary server as a cluster with Windows 2003 Clustering?

Thanks,

Theo
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Microsoft do not support the clustering of virtual machines or indeed the clustering of SBS servers.

There is no reason however why you cannot have another Windows 2003 sever (NOTE: NOT another SBS server - you can only ever have one of those)  real or virtual, and use that as a additional domain controler file/server or whatever.
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Okay, but since the machine itself is really a Linux box box running Windows virtual machines, can I implement a Linux clustering solution?

Thanks,

Theo
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Ah now for that you need a linux expert - What I can say is that SBS will not like it one little bit if it thinks there is another SBS server somewhere and like I said SBS does not support clustering. For the linux tecnicalities I suggest you repost the question in the Linux section, or post a pointer to this question.
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Thanks for your help.  I'll repost it as a Linux question.

Cheers,

Theo
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I guess then the best thing to do is to set up a secondary Win 2003 server as an additional Domain Controller, secondary DNS and DHCP.  My main concern is the Exchange Server, what's the best way to make that redundant?

Thanks,

Theo
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