want a simple redundant 'dummy' exchange server on the same network
Posted on 2010-09-01
I'm still trying to find some help for an issue I have. I have a single exchange 2007 installation handling all roles that is working fine. I want' the least complicated availability solution I can find, because I don't have a huge need for anything sophisticated.
I have an almost exactly duplicate windows x64 server, right up to hard drive size and drives. I have purchase another copy of exchange 2007. I would like to install it on this new server and have it basically be a 'dummy' server that I can restore backups on in order to test my backups, and if God forbid something happens to my live mail server point my Outlook and OWA clients to.
So, what happens when I install exchange 2007 on this new server (with all roles together)? Will it conflict with the existing server? I really don't need the complexity of the clustering or other cool but unnecessary high-availability features of exchange 2007.
I am sitting at the installation screen where it asks me if I want a typical or custom installation. This newb at exchange is afraid to press Mr. Next Button right now.
Any advice would be helpful.