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  • Exchange 2003 crash scenario

    Hi guys,
    I had to prepare a crash scenario and actions to be taken in this case. So in test environment I've create domain, exchange 2003 master and exchange 2003 member like my current infrastructure. Master is bridgehead server and there is SMTP connector. So in case of master crash what I had to do so users could send and receive mails. I mean like: change DNS MX record, remove SMTP connector, set different server, change these settings inside AD schema - something like this, cause if member server is down I could start /disaster recovery, restore database, and set a couple of options and everything is working just fine. Thanks in advance for your answers.

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    Re: Exchange 2003 crash scenario

    You mean you want someone to write you a disaster recovery plan?

    Where do I send my invoice?

    Microsoft have a white paper on disaster recovery, which I suggest that you start with. That goes through the complete planning process for DR, because what you are planning for is very important. There is no point planning for a flood when you are on the second floor of an office building.

    Simon.
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      Re: Exchange 2003 crash scenario

      Hi Sembee,
      I don't want to be impolite or rude but actually I'm not looking for a disaster recovery. If I had to be correct master server is not my responsibility and it's not in my office. I was looking for simple answer like: if you have master server crash you had to forward all mail traffic to your mail relay server, you had to remove master server as a bridgehead and you have to set your smtp traffic to go to a member server or just simple: you have to promote member as a master or even "it's better to rebuild master server instead reroute everything and modify". Everything else like what exactly to modify and set I will find it. That's all - pure and simple. As for flood and floor I can say: I don't trust second floor at all (one sh** never comes alone) ))))

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      • #4
        Re: Exchange 2003 crash scenario

        Your question isn't - and still isn't - clear exactly what you are looking for.
        If the server isn't your responsibility, why should you care what happens to it when it fails.

        Changes that need to be made to the server/domain configuration in the event of a failure is unique to every environment. Without intimate knowledge of the environment it is impossible to know what you need to do. There is no simple one size fits all environment.

        Simon.
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        Simon Butler
        Exchange MVP

        Blog: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
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