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2nd Backend Exchange Server 2003 at remote site

Posted on 2011-03-13
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Greetings,

We have an Exchange Server 2003 at main site and would like to have a 2nd Backend Exchange Server 2003 setup at the remote site.  There is a dedicated WAN connection between sites.  Are there any gotchas to be aware of for the 2nd Backend Exchange Server setup?

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the biggest gotcha is public folder replication (if used, and based on size)
use caution when enabling replicas

there isn't much communication between servers, most of it is smtp
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How BIG is the WAN connection?

Having a 2nd BE Exchange server shouldn't be a problem or cause issues because if bandwidth is an issue you can set message delivery and PF replication to happen out of hours.

Do you have a Front End server or not?
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The WAN connection is about 3 Mbps.

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No Frontend server.

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That should be alright as long as you have message size limits
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Sounds fine to me.

Yep, good point. Ensure messages larger than 5Mb get sent at night and I wouldn't allow message sizes over 20mb.
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Thanks for your feedback.

Exchange 2003 is there a way to change the role from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2003 backend server?
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On the properties of the server in ESM
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Thank you.
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