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    Hello,
    I am planning on setting up a FE/BE Exchange servers.
    I'm not positive about one thing.

    With the FE/BE setup, do Outlook clients point to the FE or the BE?

    I web clients point to the FE from the internet, but if I have 2 offices with an exchange be server in each office, where do the users point to?

    TIA!

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    Re: Fe/be ?

    The FE is used only for an external OWA usage (that doesn't hold any mailboxes).
    All Outlook clients (internal) are using the BE (which holds the mailboxes)
    CNE 5, CCA, MCSE NT4.0-2003, MCSE 2003 messaging, Exchange Server MVP.
    Tzahi Kolber - IT Supervisor
    Polycom Israel.

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    • #3
      Re: Fe/be ?

      FE servers are only used for Internet protocols, and most commonly for HTTP and HTTPS (i.e. OWA, Activesync, OMA). OL clients cannot use FE servers.
      Cheers,

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

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      • #4
        Re: Fe/be ?

        I will often point Outlook at the frontend server when using a script. The idea being that the frontend is a static machine. Outlook then gets redirected to the correct server by the domain.

        However if you have two Exchange servers already in different sites, you may want to think your strategy.
        With a frontend scenario, the frontend server is acting as proxy. That means anyone using the frontend server whose mailbox is located on the other site will have the traffic pulled across the link and then pushed out to the client. Depending on the speed of your connections this may be slower than a direct link.

        Simon.
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