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    http://www.petri.com/configure_rpc_o...gle_server.htm

    the link above outlines configureing rpc/http on a single server by daniel petri.

    does anyone konw if this can apply to exchange clusters as well. i am thinking not but does anyone know how to configure rpc/http with a cluster environment?

    cluster works fine along with all exchange services. just not rpc/http(s)

    thank you

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    Re: exchange 2003 cluster rpc/http

    As I understand it, you will have to deploy the RPC Proxy on server that is not part of the cluster. If you have FE, that would probably be your preferred choice, otherwise it can be any W2K3 member server and you will have to configure the RPC Proxy manually.
    Guy Teverovsky
    "Smith & Wesson - the original point and click interface"

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    • #3
      Re: exchange 2003 cluster rpc/http

      thanks for the post. i understand as well that the rpc proxy must be on a different server other than the clustered exchange servers. what i don't have is a front end server and i don't think i need one.

      there are some articles that mention using rpc/http without a front end and those same articles mention installing the rpc proxy on a different server for a cluster but nothing give details on how to do this.

      this is what i have:

      1. backend exchange server active/passive cluster hosting OWA, OMA...all normal exchange functionality works fine. configured for use in rpc topology.
      2. rpc proxy installed on server and port 80/443 pointing to it with its own fqdn.
      3. ssl cert installed on both exchange and rpc proxy servers with the rpc virtual server confirgured properly. SSL cert ia in same fqdn as rpc server. (rpc.domain.com)
      4. registry edits on proxy server for ports and server name
      5. outlook client configured correctly with preference for http before tcp on fast and slow networks.

      when i run outlook.exe /rpcdiag, it does not even show https in the conneciton column. it shows dashes and then if i am local, reverts to tcp.

      i configured the outlook client for internal use with fqdn rpc proxy pointing to .local domain and still cannot get https to connect.

      any ideas?

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      • #4
        Re: exchange 2003 cluster rpc/http

        As far as I was aware, RPC over HTTPS could only be deployed on a server that was also an Exchange server.
        I have also always recommended that a cluster should have a frontend server as well, simply to allow things that don't work on a cluster to be used.

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        • #5
          Re: exchange 2003 cluster rpc/http

          thanks for the post.

          i have read a couple technet articles that mention setting up rpc/http on a single server setup and it mentions in one paragraph only that if you are running a cluster, rpc proxy must be installed on a different server. preferable a domain controller running as a global catalog server but not necessarily a front end exchange server.

          no other details are provided.

          imagine if i do use a front end server that would have to host owa and oma as well. if that goes down, what good is my back end cluster?

          i was hoping to leave owa and al other front end exchange services on the cluster and just rpc/http on a different server.

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          • #6
            Re: exchange 2003 cluster rpc/http

            If you are concerned about the frontend server going down then use NLB and two servers to get round that issue.

            Simon.
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            Simon Butler
            Exchange MVP

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            • #7
              Re: exchange 2003 cluster rpc/http

              Originally posted by Sembee View Post
              As far as I was aware, RPC over HTTPS could only be deployed on a server that was also an Exchange server.
              I have also always recommended that a cluster should have a frontend server as well, simply to allow things that don't work on a cluster to be used.

              Simon.
              Simon, can't you set up RPC over HTTP/S with a server that doesn't have Exchange 2003 on it? As far as I know the RPC Proxy component (plus IIS) can be installed on a dedicated Win2003 server. Am I wrong?
              Cheers,

              Daniel Petri
              Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
              MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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              • #8
                Re: exchange 2003 cluster rpc/http

                thank you daniel. that is true, rpc proxy simply installs itself as an iis vitural directory.

                any ideas on how to make this work?

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