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Enabling High Availabilty Exchange 2007

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Hi All,

Exchange Environment: 1 node 2007 Sp3 running on Windows 2008 Standard Server:
No SAN technology available:

Needs:
I need to setup a high availability exchange environment without a shared storage:

Questions:

If that is the case can i implement CCR using one physical node the other to reside in a VM environment (Vmware)
To clarify i can implement  2 Node CCR which will not require a shared storage
Can CCR be implemented if i am running Windows 2008 Standard as oppose to enterprise on both nodes

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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 2000 total points
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You can't do high availability on Exchange 2007 standard edition or Windows standard server.
Therefore you will have to upgrade both.

You would have to buy Exchange 2013 Enterprise edition and use downgrade rights.
You would also need to implement two Hub/CAS role servers, so that is an additional Exchange 2007 standard licence (2013 standard on downgrade rights), presuming that you use the one you already have, plus two additional Windows server licences. You cannot have the CAS/Hub role on CCR nodes.

Personally I wouldn't bother, as you can do high availability with Exchange 2010 Standard (or higher) and Windows 2012 Standard (Exchange 2010 or 2013), or 2012 R2 (Exchange 2013 only).
Two servers plus a load balancer. A lot cheaper than sticking with Exchange 2007, plus you aren't implementing additional servers using seven year old product!

Simon.
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