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    Hello everyone.
    As this is my 1st ever post in Daniel's forum I take the liberty to express my admiration for the site. Has been a great big help in all my IT years
    What I am confronted with is this - weird- "customer requirement".

    They got a central site and want to build another one where it will host an additional DC/GC and an E2007 server for 5 users (?!?!?!). The reasoning behind this is "added fault tolerance" and some "independence " from the mother site. They want to keep the namespaces "contoso.com" and is a prerequisite.
    I am pretty confident on the windows side of things but Ihave some grey areas
    on the E2007. I assume that it will not work as starightforward as the 1st e2007 in the organization , but some additional steps might be required....
    Any ideas on how to come about this one? Can I install CAS and MB roles only on the "local" server ? How would you go about doing it?
    Much on your debt for any input.
    Thanos.

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    Re: Adding a second E2007 into a remote site

    If it is a different physical site then it will need to be a different AD site.
    That will mean it must have the hub transport role with the mailbox role. The Client Access role is optional, but would be close to useless.

    However the most you will be able to do is use SCR to copy the databases to the second server. No live failover is possible unless you do a stretched CCR, which for 5 users I couldn't justify.

    Simon.
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    • #3
      Re: Adding a second E2007 into a remote site

      Originally posted by Sembee View Post
      ...
      However the most you will be able to do is use SCR to copy the databases to the second server. No live failover is possible unless you do a stretched CCR, which for 5 users I couldn't justify.

      Simon.
      Thanks Simon.
      What scared me in my quest of the SCR explanation is that Becky Benfield's small interview to the guys at msexhangeteam.com , mentioned that SCR is a "manually activated process". Does this mean that I will have to pull the 5 mailboxes from that specific storage group every time manually , or is it referring to the manual engagement of the processes to start the SCR , as in a "fire and forget" until you shut it down, scenario?
      Thanks in advance , I hope I didn't confuse you.

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      • #4
        Re: Adding a second E2007 into a remote site

        If you want to do anything with the copy of the mailboxes in the second location then you have to do work yourself. The only thing that happens automatically (once it is setup) is the replication of the data and the population of the second copy of the database. The database cannot be accessed by Exchange for anything else until you work with it - you cannot see it in the management console for example.

        Simon.
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        • #5
          Re: Adding a second E2007 into a remote site

          Okay , I get it.
          An idea that I had is to convince the customers to use Outlook anywhere.
          They got a good internet pipe , a good vpn downstream (~2mbps) and they only have 4 mailboxes.
          One thing is not clear in my mind though : I have a "spoiled" user who's got about 4 PCs scattered around the country, from which he wants to get his mail when he is there. And they don't ever turn off! - ie logout from Outlook.
          Would this be a problem in OA?
          Sorry for the constant asking but , I get training on E2007 nowadays so, bare with the "slow burner" plz

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          • #6
            Re: Adding a second E2007 into a remote site

            You can have as many machines as you like accessing the mailbox with Outlook Anywhere. I routinely have at least five simultaneous access to my Exchange mailbox from various locations on various client platforms (Outlook 2007 and 2010, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, OWA etc).

            For 4 users, unless the cost of downtime is very high I would not be able to justify the additional licencing and hardware costs.

            Simon.
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            • #7
              Re: Adding a second E2007 into a remote site

              Originally posted by Sembee View Post
              For 4 users, unless the cost of downtime is very high I would not be able to justify the additional licencing and hardware costs.

              Simon.
              I take it , you are referring to the new E2007 implementation, not the OA...?

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              • #8
                Re: Adding a second E2007 into a remote site

                Originally posted by azangr View Post
                I take it , you are referring to the new E2007 implementation, not the OA...?
                Outlook Anywhere doesn't cost anything, so that is obvious what I am referring to.

                Simon.
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