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  • Alternatives to Clustering for Site Resiliency?

    Hi,

    We happen to have long power outages from time to time (when storms hit) that cause us to be without email for 1-2 days. (not so frequent but it happened this winter)

    We're currently on Exc.2003 STND on our way to 2007 STND supporting ~60 users.

    We currenly do not have the budget for HA clusters.

    Can somebody please recommend a suggestion to an alternative in case the main site goes down? (not looking for "full" online hosting)

    Theoratically, can I virtualize my environment & get the same firewall and move across the street (where power is on) - redirecting the MX record to that IP temporarily?

    Glad to hear your thoughts!

    Thanks.

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    Re: Alternatives to Clustering for Site Resiliency?

    Maybe the sort of answer you're looking for, but our ISP offers a backup SMTP sever that basically queues our emails until the servers are up and running again. We also have access to the all emails. Might be worth looking in to.

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    • #3
      Re: Alternatives to Clustering for Site Resiliency?

      Thanks, I'm going to check if my ISP provide it.

      What did you mean by "We also have access to the all emails" - everybody has access to all the emails in the queue?

      thanks

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      • #4
        Re: Alternatives to Clustering for Site Resiliency?

        If the problem is as serious as you say, then I wouldn't even consider hosting it locally. Put the server, domain controller etc in to a data centre. Exchange 2007 is designed for remote working - a large number of the features of that version were for the hosted Exchange industry.

        I am not a fan of backup SMTP services. I find them nothing but a spam trap. Spammers actively target them and then you have the additional problem of how do you get the email in to the server. Not all providers will offer an SMTP feed.

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