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    Robert R.
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    Re: New Exchange 2003 Server for Fail-Over/Disaster Recovery

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    Almost certainly it will not involve DR installation because you cannot have two machines with the same name on the same network.

    Do you mean the name of the Windows server, or the name of the Exchange virtual server?

    If the former, the two machine names are different: EX2K3 (production) and EX2K3DR (disaster recovery).

    If the latter, can the name of the virtual server be changed in Exchange System Manager?

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    Re: New Exchange 2003 Server for Fail-Over/Disaster Recovery

    Thank you all for the info. Based on this, and everything else I’ve read, it looks like I’ll have to use third-party software to have the disaster recovery Exchange 2003 server (EX2K3DR) constantly updated with the settings from the production Exchange 2003 server (EX2K3).

    However, I’m still wondering about first part of my question, regarding the initial setup of the disaster recovery server.

    Is there any downside to installing Exchange 2003 on it using the disaster recovery switch, as described in “Recovering a Failed Exchange 2003 Server Using the Disaster Recovery Switch“?

    :SetupI386Setup.exe /DisasterRecovery

    As mentioned earlier, I actually used this method to restore our production server a few weeks ago. It worked so well, I’m very tempted to use it to use it for our new D.R. server.

    But I’m concerned about any unforeseen and unintended behavior if I use this to add a new D.R. server to our environment.

    I guess I’m either over-cautious or over-paranoid, I can imagine all sorts of horrible things happening (e.g., mail starts being routed to the new disaster recovery Exchange server).

    The D.R. Exchange server is part of our production Windows domain, but on a separate sub-net connected via VPN to the disaster recovery site across town.

    SAN (fiber) +–+ EX2K3 (routable class C I.P.)


    { VPN }


    EX2K3DR (private I.P.) +–+ D.R.-SAN (iSCSI)

    We do not have a separate Active Directory for the disaster recovery site, nor any domain controllers installed there yet.

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    Robert R.
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    Re: Hello, Hi, Welcome, Introduction – Newcomers – post HERE

    Greetings.

    I’ve been reading the articles on this web site for a long time, but was not aware of these forums until a week or so ago. The recent re-design of the main page forced to look for something I was trying to find, and that’s when I discovered the other features here.

    Since the little message on the top of my screen says “Our records indicate that you have never posted to our site before! Why not make your first post today by saying hello to our community in our Introductions forum,” I thought I’d do so before posting my first question in the Exchange 2000/2003 forum.

    I work as a Windows administrator in Colorado (USA), with my primary responsibility being Exchange. Believe me, it’s not as exciting and glamorous as Hollywood makes it appear.

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