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    i have exchange 2003 se located at a main city location and 2003 domain. there are site to site vpns setup to ou's which are called cities. those users get their email via a terminal server. i would like to know if a backup exchange server can be setup at one of those cities of the main server via vpn. the exchange is a dc but not fsmo holder or gbc. or a suggestion for a backup exchange solution. cheers.

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    Re: exchange 2003 on more than one site

    more information is that the istore is about 60gb and public folder store is 40gb. my thought is to build server and replicate at main exchange site and then ship server to new site if something like that is possible. it of course will have a tape drive and backup software as well.

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      Re: exchange 2003 on more than one site

      Exchange does not have the capability for another site to be the backup for the primary server using native tools. You would have to look at something like DoubleTake, Neverfail or whatever the product from CA is called. It would be an exclusive relationship, so the second server cannot be used for anything else.

      If Exchange is installed on a domain controller then it MUST be a global catalog. You will have problems if it is not. In my mind, DCs that are not GCs are a waste of time.

      Simon.
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        Re: exchange 2003 on more than one site

        thanks simon for the reply

        so i could setup another exchange server at the main city and join it to the admin group and move the user mailboxes for the intended city from the main server to that server correct? then ship it out to that city. It would not be relication but rather a reallocation of mailboxes from one server to the other. the other users mailboxes would remain on the existing server. I would need to setup some type of routing or relay in that say northcity.domain.com mail users would get email directed to their exchange server.

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          Re: exchange 2003 on more than one site

          oh sorry it is a gcs btw. that was for another site where exchange was not a dc.

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            Re: exchange 2003 on more than one site

            As long as the two servers can see each other and are in the same Forest, Exchange will deal with routing on its own. You can use routing groups to manage the email flow, for example having email go straight from the servers to the Internet rather than through another one - however I would suggest reading the routing guide for that.

            As for moving items around and then shipping the server, I have done that lots of times.
            What I usually do is take a backup before doing anything, then move the mailboxes. Before shutting down the server another backup is taken, the IP addresses changed and the Exchange services disabled.
            At the new site, the server is confirmed as being good to go, the services changed back to automatic and then rebooted. It should come up clean.
            While the server is being physically moved, the Exchange server that is currently live will queue the email and deliver it when the server comes back.

            Simon.
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