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  • Adding a new second Front End server

    Hi everyone,
    We have 2k3 Back End --> Front End setup running fine...except for Active Sync.
    In order to eliminate my current front end server being the issue I wanted to add a second 'test' FE server.

    Anything particular I need to do on this setup or just install exchange as FE server? Above all, is there a value in doing this?

    On a side note & why I am looking to do this:
    I have struggled for weeks, months now to get active sync going and rid of the error 500 but nothing worked (resetting IIS folders, rid of ssl, Active Directory rights inheritance...you name it) and I am at the point where I would need to re-install but I really do not want to risk halting my mail and reinstall both BE and FE.

    Thanks for your time.
    Last edited by lebisol; 9th March 2011, 19:22.

  • #2
    Re: Adding a new second Front End server

    Another frontend is easy enough. Install Windows, install Exchange, patch both. You just need to ensure that the frontend is the same or HIGHER patch level from the backend. If the backend is a higher patch level then things don't work correctly.

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    • #3
      Re: Adding a new second Front End server

      Thanks Simon,
      And just add it as allowed relay is all?

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      • #4
        Re: Adding a new second Front End server

        You don't have to do anything to the relay settings for it to work correctly.
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        • #5
          Re: Adding a new second Front End server

          I want my mail to be routed through my original (relay) FE.
          This new FE is only for 'my own testing' so there won't be any 'detour'?
          Thanks!

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          • #6
            Re: Adding a new second Front End server

            Exchange doesn't route email through the server by default. You have to tell it to do so.
            You should have an SMTP connector in place with the existing server set as the bridgehead. If you do not, then the email probably isn't routing as you are expecting.

            You are building a test server in a live platform? Probably not a good idea as an awful lot of things in Exchange are system wide, not server specific. Do ensure though when you have finished with it, you remove it correctly using add/remove programs.

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            • #7
              Re: Adding a new second Front End server

              That is right, I do remember setting up a bridgehead back in a day for SMTP.
              Yes, live since live environment is the one that I need to test.
              This is where I am worried....in order to test the active sync of FE2 I need it to somehow become a part of the live BE-FE setup without doing harm. So I guess I will need to add it as 2nd bridgehead server?
              Sorry, it has been years since I have done clean exchange setup and never with 2 FEs
              Thanks.

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              • #8
                Re: Adding a new second Front End server

                May I suggest replicating your existing setup in a virtual environment and testing in there before testing on the live system?
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                • #9
                  Re: Adding a new second Front End server

                  Difficult, no hardware and also I suspect that there is some weird issue on current BE-FE install that I could not replicate with a clean install.
                  My active sync never worked but I am getting hit up more and more with requests due to mobile phones being actually decent in sync.
                  All for the #[email protected]^% active sync.
                  Thanks.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Adding a new second Front End server

                    Originally posted by lebisol View Post
                    That is right, I do remember setting up a bridgehead back in a day for SMTP.
                    Yes, live since live environment is the one that I need to test.
                    This is where I am worried....in order to test the active sync of FE2 I need it to somehow become a part of the live BE-FE setup without doing harm. So I guess I will need to add it as 2nd bridgehead server?
                    Sorry, it has been years since I have done clean exchange setup and never with 2 FEs
                    Thanks.
                    You don't have to add the second front server as a Bridgehead unless you want it to route email out to the internet. If you are just building it for web based services - then it can just be built and no changes need to be made to the rest of the Exchange platform.

                    Simon.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Adding a new second Front End server

                      Originally posted by Sembee View Post
                      You don't have to add the second front server as a Bridgehead unless you want it to route email out to the internet. If you are just building it for web based services - then it can just be built and no changes need to be made to the rest of the Exchange platform.

                      Simon.
                      Awesome, thank you!

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