I've asked a few questions about exchange 2010; still working out how to set it up. I only have about 100 mailboxes, but my store is about 450 GB. I recently read quite a few articles and based on this one:
I am certain I am over-complicating my set up in such a small environment. I already have two licenses (std though, not ent). I was thinking of spreading CAS/HT and mbx across 4 servers (two each) and getting two more licenses. However, I don't really need load balancing with only 100 mailboxes, and am not certain I would get the funding. That said, and in light of the info I've been reading, I'm thinking of setting up one multi-role server with a second in a DAG with all roles that can be failed over to (much like comment #3 by GoodThings2Life in the article I referenced above). I guess I'd need a FSW set up on local storage on my other host to spread it out across storage.
This is a VMware environment and I have enough resources to accommodate this. I was thinking of putting the active server on the vnxe and the other on my new host on local storage, just in case something happened with the SAN environment.
I also read this
But don't need load balancing but would like the benefit of high availability.
I guess my question is whether or not I can / should have two multi-role exchange servers, one active and one passive so-to-speak, and if so, how would I set this up?
Any thoughts very much appreciated.