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Building Exchange Server 2013 lab test VM on my laptop, need some suggestion

Posted on 2013-12-13
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Hi People,

I'm trying to build 2x Exchange Server 2013 mailbox server role on my current VMware workstation VM to simulate DAG failover.

Is there any way for me to populate the active directory domain with test user account and also Exchange Server mailbox flow to test the user Outlook connectivity during the failover?
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by:Will Szymkowski
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You can simply setup a AD domain, installed Exchange DAG setup on 2 exchange mailbox servers and then add a workstation VM to the domain as well. Install Outlook on the workstation and then open the Connection Status for Outlook, Failover the DAG and you can watch the Outlook client failover to the other mailbox server.

You can also use OWA for mailbox connectivity if you do not have resources for a workstation or Outlook client.

Will.
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Thanks will, does DAG failover is visible to the users ?

Is there any outage to the outlook client restricting the mail flow to users mailbox ?in CCR normally it took 15 minutes but I don't know in DAG 2013.
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There is a delay of about 30 seconds before the mailbox passive copy starts so there is a disruption but it is momentarily.

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