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Exchange 2007 - Two Mailbox servers - shouldn't they have identical access to mailbox databases?

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Do you set up mailbox databases per mailbox server? i.e. DB1 on Server1, and DB2 on Server2 with new user mailboxes assigned to one or the other?

Or should both mailbox server see the mailbox DB on a shared disk in case one fails?

At the moment, looks like we've got one server with a few mailbox DBs, then another server with a few mailbox DBs. All named the same which is confusing.
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So the databases are the same on both servers? If so that is because some sort of high availability is configured such as local continuous replication, cluster continuous replication, standby continuous replication or single copy clusters. You can read about each on technet to determine which yours is configured as.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124721%28v=exchg.80%29.aspx
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No. It looks like the DBs are on local disk of each server.

For instance, there is a mailbox database 1,2, and 3 on the local drive of each server. Completely different DBs it seems.
I guess no replication or HA.
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They can be on the local drives of the machine and still be part of high availability. It's not ideal, but it's not a problem. Mailbox databases are setup per servers but it does not matter which server unless you have a preference or are limited by space issues. How and where you setup your mailbox databases is based on your company's need.
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Right I see. Thanks.
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