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Adding second Exchange 2010 server

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Hi,

I'm in a lab setup right now, with plans to deploy to production in about a month.
I've successfully installed Exchange 2010 on a single server and it's running well under a testing domain name that I created.

I want to install a second Exchange 2010 server  for redundancy and to implement DAGs. I see a lot of information out on the Web about DAGs and how to create them.

But I don't see much information on how to install a second Exchange server.
All versions of Exchange I have run have always been on a single server. I've never had to install a second Exchange server so I don't know how. I need a step by step "how to install your second Exchange server" procedure.
This second Exchange server will be (physically) right next to my primary server. It's function is to serve purely as a backup.
Can someone help me out with this or point me to a document that explains how to do this?

Thanks

Mike
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simply, run the installation wizard of Exchange 2010 media and follow the steps. select to install mailbox role if this server will be part of DAG only.

In order to create a DAG after finishing the installation of the second server, follow steps in below link:
http://www.ntweekly.com/?p=863

OR

http://www.exchange-genie.com/2009/04/database-availability-group-dag-exchange-2010/
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Thanks ashunnag:

Two questions

1. How do I get the second Exchange server to "talk to" or recognize the first server? Will that happen automatically during the install process?
2. Can I install the CAS, HUB and Mailbox roles on this second server since I'd like to use this as a potential backup if the first server fails.

Thanks,
Mike
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it will recognise the the Exchange organization autmatically, but the server should be joined to your domain.
you can install any role you want on the new server. just select it during the installation process.

Regards,
Anas
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