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At the moment we are proofing an Exchange mail Server for our private mail boxes,  this will be a virtual host
what i would like to know is, what would be the best way to have shared storage with two Exchange Servers so that both Exchange servers can see all mail boxes for the users
for load-balancing would using a RDM Disk type within v Sphere be the way forward ?
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by:Ivan
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Hi,

are you planning to implement 2 Exchange servers, for redundancy, if I understand correctly?

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Ivan.
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Hi,
To be honest your question is not 100% clear to me.

MAS
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Hi Ivan

yes implement 2 exchange server for redundancy, how does each exchange server sees the users mail boxes ?
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Hi MAS,

At moment i am install two Exchange Servers.

what i would like to know what is the best way for these two Exchange Servers for redundancy to see all mail boxes for each user ?

I'm new to exchange server.
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Hi,

you would deploy 2 Exchange servers, and since they are in same domain/ forest, or better said Exchange Organization, they both would see all mailboxes.

There is no special thing to do about it. Each server automatically see other one, and all mailboxes.

As for redundancy, if you deploy 2 of them, then you can configure DAG, which would allow you to failover from one server, to another, in case 1 goes down or something needs to be done on it. That way, you would have  active copy of mailbox on one server, and copy on another.
More on DAG, on this site (and many others): http://exchangeserverpro.com/installing-an-exchange-server-2016-database-availability-group/

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Ivan.
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As you already have 2 servers installed with MBX and CAS you can create DAG and load balance using your load balancer.
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Hi Ivan

whats the role of the MGMT is this just a Share storage on a File Server ?
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Hi,

yes, witness server is just a 3rd machine, that is going to help DAG members to determine quorum.
It is simple one domain server, that has file share on it. You can use any production server, but as I recall, it is not recommended for witness to use DC.

More on witness server can be found: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd298065.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

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Ivan.
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FYI if your DAG has odd number of members your FSW is being ignored. i.e If you add one more MBX server your FSW is being ignored.
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/94426f10-7f06-47a2-a807-57aab834aea2/3-node-dag-in-same-site?forum=exchangesvradmin

If FSW is not accessible your databases/DAG will go offline
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by:Cris Hanna
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You put this question in the SBS server zone.   Is one of your Servers Running SBS 2011
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by:VH
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Hi Cris,

no that  must have being a auto Tag..

Thanks.

Thanks for the Replies finally got my head around Exchange and the mailbox storage requirements.
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