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Adding an additional Exchange 2010 or 2013 server

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We have another Windows server which would allow us to move two email domains off our current Exchange 2010 server, we have a total of three.  The question is should we setup the new Exchange 2010 or 2013 (we have licensing for both) server and move the domains over or setup a DAG.  Looking to address redundancy and disaster recovery concerns.  This would be running in a Hyper-V environment.
My thought would be to move two of the three email domains (which are less important) to the new server and have it as a backup to the main email domain.  Would have to duplicate backup solution in able to restore or export the mailboxes from the main domain often in order to import to a store in order to get things running again in case of an outage on the primary server.
Feedback is much appreciated!

Bill
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by:Gareth Gudger
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Hey Bill,

I think if your main concern is immediate redundancy and resiliency then throwing up a new 2010 server and creating a DAG is you quick and easy fix. 2013 can accomplish the same thing but then you are looking more at a planned migration that will get you to the same goal but with more time and planning. Obviously you will want to go to 2013 eventually. Just a matter of what you want to accomplish first. Redundancy or be bleeding edge.

Now its also good to note that the Exchange Management Tools are web-based now and look exactly like Office 365, if you haven't seen them already. So there is a bit of a learning curve if you are used to 2007/2010.
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by:Webcc
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Thanks, is a DAG easy to setup?  Sounds like that may be the route I would like to pursue and then migrate to 2013 at a later date.
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Yes, its considerably easier than the clustering was in 2007.

Check here.
http://exchangeserverpro.com/exchange-server-2010-database-availability-group-installation-step-by-step/
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Thanks!
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