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  • Replicate Live Exchange Environment in LAB?

    Hi All,

    I am looking to run some testing to upgrade/migrate our current Exchange 2010 envionment to Exchange 2013.

    With this in mind I would like to test this in our LAB. However how would I go about replicating our current live setup in my LAB?

    I know from a previous post on here that I cannot restore using Bare Metal restore and to complicate things our DAG is cross site.

    I don't think I will be allowed to upgrade to Exchange 2013 unless I have tested the process and shown management the results.

    Any thoughts on how to do this?

    Rob.

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    Re: Replicate Live Exchange Environment in LAB?

    is your live migration physical or virtual ?

    don't suppose it really matters.. do a P2V or V2V migration onto virtualised infratructure in the lab.
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    • #3
      Re: Replicate Live Exchange Environment in LAB?

      Clone a DC, recover the rest is my usual method.
      Exchange migrations are usually pretty risk free because there is no upgrade path. Therefore until you start moving the data about nothing is at risk.

      Main piece of advice though is eliminate public folders if you can. Makes the migration so much easier.

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        Re: Replicate Live Exchange Environment in LAB?

        Thanks for the replies.

        Sounds so simple! And yet I seem to be having a major problem trying to do this.

        There is no linke between our live network and my LAB environment. I am not allowed to have a link in place.

        I do have a 'clone' of a DC in my lab which is up to date.

        However I am unable to recover the exchange environment. Maybe I am doing it wrong but I just cannot get it to come back online as the DAG will not achieve quorum.

        Is there any manuall way of completely removing a DAG that will not come online manually?

        Any documentation that easily explains how to recover a DAG that has failed?

        Thanks again for your replies.

        Rob.

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        • #5
          Re: Replicate Live Exchange Environment in LAB?

          You cannot recover a DAG.
          A DAG is designed to be restored from an active node, which you don't have.
          Therefore you will have to remove the DAG, probably involve evicting the nodes from the cluster using the cluster management tool, clean up the environment and then recreate the DAG.

          Simon.
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            Re: Replicate Live Exchange Environment in LAB?

            Thanks.

            I will see what I can achieve in deleting the DAG and moving forward from there.

            Really appreciate the help and advice

            Rob

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