Front End Exchange Server only talk to one of two back end servers?

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  • NCITGuy
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    Hello,

    I am new here and looking for some advice. My company has a single Exchange 2003 Std Ed server. We needed to expand, so I created a 2nd server, installed Exchange 03 Std. I also have a 3rd server ready to become a Front End Server. I am planning to create a new public owa name with SSL and maybe RPC over HTTPs with this new FE server. I need for this new FE server to only talk to my 2nd exchange server. (The original Exch svr needs to function as it is for a while, most importantly OWA. Eventually it can become only a back end server will need to be accessed from the FE as well.

    Is this doable?

    Thanks a million for ANY advice.


    Sembee
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    Re: Front End Exchange Server only talk to one of two back end servers?

    A frontend server serves all mailboxes in the Exchange org – the concept of working with only one backend server doesn’t really exist.

    The introduction of a frontend server shouldn’t affect the operation of the existing server in any way. Although to be honest you can easily deploy a frontend server without disrupting the users. Simply direct all the traffic that currently goes to your existing server to the new frontend server. The most you will need to do is set the RPC over HTTPS gui settings for each server as appropriate.

    Simon.


    teto_toto
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    Re: Front End Exchange Server only talk to one of two back end servers?

    Simon ,

    Thanks for the reply and the information. I believe you dealt with my big concern which was that I could create the front end server and that would not affect the production of my existing server; did I understand that right?
    Second, can the new FE server “host” both OWA pages, one for each of my back end servers? If so, how is this done? I’ll need to maintain two pages, with separate external DNS names for a while so I can move users to the new server without down time.
    Thanks again,


    Sembee
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    #260280

    Re: Front End Exchange Server only talk to one of two back end servers?

    Exchange 2003 doesn’t care what DNS name is used to access it.
    However if you are using SSL certificates then that could cause a problem.
    One option would be to put a second IP address on to the server, then create a second Web Site. Put the SSL certificate for the second host name on to that second web site. Then simply create a redirect using HTML to redirect traffic to the Default Web Site. Then you only have to maintain one set of everything.

    RPC over HTTPS traffic will need to be updated to use the new URL, but you would have to do that anyway.

    Simon.

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