Solved

Creating a reliable exchage environment

Posted on 2009-06-29
5
178 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
Hello,

I have a server environment running W2k3 standard. It consists of 2 domain controllers, ( primary and secondary) and 1 exchange server. We also have a tape drive backup that runs every night. However, seeing as we only have 1 exchange server, if something catastrophic happened, it may take a day or two to rebuild the Exchange server and reload from the tapes. This is unacceptable in my Boss's opinion and i need to figure out a way to have a reliable email server failover so that there is little to no down time. I have considered a server cluster but was told i would need to upgrade to enterprise for starters, and also make sure my servers match the required hardware requirements for a cluter that are quite stringent from what i hear. My question is, what is the best way to accomplish my goal of establishing a secondary email server to successfully limit my downtime?
0
Comment
Question by:ISRAdmin
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 65

Accepted Solution

by:
Mestha earned 500 total points
ID: 24737884
You basically have limited choices.
Clustering is one option, but would require two additional servers plus additional hardware to work correctly. Considering that you would have to purchase new licenses, I would look at Exchange 2007 instead and something like CCR (which is live) or SCR (which requires manual intervention).

Otherwise you are looking at something like DoubleTake/Neverfail etc.

However do remember that you do not have to recover everything from the tapes to get running. It is perfectly possible to get email back up and running again in about four hours (email permitting) using a method known as dial tone restore. This gives you a blank database which will give users access to the new email.

Simon.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ISRAdmin
ID: 24737963
Well, i'm thinking of the worst case scenario, like a hardware failure that renders my lone mail server inoperable... I would like to have an entirely seperate server ready to go.
0
 
LVL 65

Expert Comment

by:Mestha
ID: 24738410
In that case you are looking at either clustering or DoubleTake/Neverfail etc. Exchange 2003 doesn't have any other options.

Simon.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ISRAdmin
ID: 24738742
Have you ever used neverfail, it looks pretty good and easy to use...
0
 
LVL 65

Expert Comment

by:Mestha
ID: 24738781
No I haven't used the product, despite working with three of the senior management team of the company many years ago. They aren't based far away from me.

Simon.
0

Featured Post

Visualize your virtual and backup environments

Create well-organized and polished visualizations of your virtual and backup environments when planning VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Veeam deployments. It helps you to gain better visibility and valuable business insights.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

ADCs have gained traction within the last decade, largely due to increased demand for legacy load balancing appliances to handle more advanced application delivery requirements and improve application performance.
Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
If you’ve ever visited a web page and noticed a cool font that you really liked the look of, but couldn’t figure out which font it was so that you could use it for your own work, then this video is for you! In this Micro Tutorial, you'll learn yo…
Add bar graphs to Access queries using Unicode block characters. Graphs appear on every record in the color you want. Give life to numbers. Hopes this gives you ideas on visualizing your data in new ways ~ Create a calculated field in a query: …

717 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question