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Adding 2nd Exchange server

By HowieD ·
I have a W2K server with Exchange2K - I want to add a 2nd server to provide redundancy so if the existing server fails the users can still get to their email (and file shares). I'm looking for the simplest route as the onsite personel are not very computer literate!

What would be my best way of going about this?
Should I upgrade the existing server to the latest versions or is this unnecessary?

What is the simplest way to get Exchange to replicate between the 2 servers?

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by BFilmFan In reply to Adding 2nd Exchange serve ...

A cluster would be the best and most likely easiest solution.

You are not going to be able to have a hot standby Exchange server otherwise.

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Is it possible to have a 'warm' standby Exchange?

I have a W2K3 cluster at another client but it's a real pain when they try and install software that isn't cluster aware.

I could live with having to change where Outlook mail settings for example...

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by newssubscripton In reply to Adding 2nd Exchange serve ...

Hi,
there are many ways to reach the result. You can use a 3'rd Party Solution like NSI Double Take ore Wan Sync for Exchange. Look at the Vendors Homepage
www.sunbelt.com or www.xosoft.com. Else you can use a cluster solution. To set up this envirenment look at Microsoft KB
How to implement Exchange 2000 Server on a Windows 2000-based cluster
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328875/en-us
If you have any questions, contact me and i will answer your questions.

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