Would like to use 2 connections for outbound mail
Posted on 2009-05-19
Hi everyone. I have 2 Exchange 2003 Enterprise servers in 2 different locations connected through a point to point line. Server 1 is used for users physically in Location 1 & Server 2 is used for users physically in location 2. They both work properly together & have no internal communication problems so everyone from both locations shows up in the global address list & messaging happens properly. My problem is this...both locations have their own Internet connections. Only internal traffic goes over the point to point line. When one Internet connection drops it fails over to the other location so Internet is never down at either location. So if Location 2 goes down all Internet traffic goes out of Location 1 & both sites show the same public IP. When that happens at either location the outbound email from that location stops working (outside of the company only, internal still works) & we get "Message Delayed" messages until that Internet connection goes back up. Is there any way in Exchange to have it so that if a connection is down it will go out the other Internet connection? An automatic failover would be preferable but if I need to make a switch manually I can live with that. Also, if this is possible is there anything that I need to do to "flush" the messages that are waiting in the queue at the site that lost its Internet?
Thanks in advance.