Adding an Exchange server to a SBS network  
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Deekster





PostPosted: Wed Jul 12 11:23:55 CDT 2006 Top

Exchange Servers Setup >> Adding an Exchange server to a SBS network

My situation is a little different from the previous post on this topic. I
also want to add Exchange standard to my existing SBS 2003 domain. But want
to add it as a disaster recovery option. What's the best way to do this?
Basically, I've already made my Windows Server 2003 Standard R2 box a member
server and I'd like to add the Exchange as well. Since my R2 box is already
acting as a member server and has all the Active Directory information in it,
would I be able to restore an Exchange backup from the SBS server to the R2
server in the event of a disaster? If not, what are my options there?

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Mark





PostPosted: Wed Jul 12 11:23:55 CDT 2006 Top

Exchange Servers Setup >> Adding an Exchange server to a SBS network On Wed, 12 Jul 2006 06:22:02 -0700, Mark


>My situation is a little different from the previous post on this topic. I
>also want to add Exchange standard to my existing SBS 2003 domain. But want
>to add it as a disaster recovery option. What's the best way to do this?
>Basically, I've already made my Windows Server 2003 Standard R2 box a member
>server and I'd like to add the Exchange as well. Since my R2 box is already
>acting as a member server and has all the Active Directory information in it,
>would I be able to restore an Exchange backup from the SBS server to the R2
>server in the event of a disaster? If not, what are my options there?

You can't.
There are two reasons.
If you want a DR option then you need to have Active Directory
otherwise losing the SBS box will make you lose AD and Exchange is
useless without it.
You can't have a "hot" DR solution for Exchange unless you implement a
3rd party solution such as DoubleTake (etc. etc.) and I'm not sure I
see the point there since, unless you replicate the entire box, you
have an SBS solution.

You need to rethink your choice of SBS coupled with a desire for a DR
solution. If you want a DR solution you probably want "proper" Windows
and then (perhaps) use another server with Virtual Server on it to
provide AD and Exchange separately or DoubleTake or one of 20
different solutions based on your business requirements.

Either way you need to have a think.
 
 
Mark





PostPosted: Wed Jul 12 13:28:49 CDT 2006 Top

Exchange Servers Setup >> Adding an Exchange server to a SBS network Would I be better off just backing up the PSTs using ExMerge and then
install, configure, and restore the PSTs on the R2 server if needed?





> On Wed, 12 Jul 2006 06:22:02 -0700, Mark

>
> >My situation is a little different from the previous post on this topic. I
> >also want to add Exchange standard to my existing SBS 2003 domain. But want
> >to add it as a disaster recovery option. What's the best way to do this?
> >Basically, I've already made my Windows Server 2003 Standard R2 box a member
> >server and I'd like to add the Exchange as well. Since my R2 box is already
> >acting as a member server and has all the Active Directory information in it,
> >would I be able to restore an Exchange backup from the SBS server to the R2
> >server in the event of a disaster? If not, what are my options there?
>
> You can't.
> There are two reasons.
> If you want a DR option then you need to have Active Directory
> otherwise losing the SBS box will make you lose AD and Exchange is
> useless without it.
> You can't have a "hot" DR solution for Exchange unless you implement a
> 3rd party solution such as DoubleTake (etc. etc.) and I'm not sure I
> see the point there since, unless you replicate the entire box, you
> have an SBS solution.
>
> You need to rethink your choice of SBS coupled with a desire for a DR
> solution. If you want a DR solution you probably want "proper" Windows
> and then (perhaps) use another server with Virtual Server on it to
> provide AD and Exchange separately or DoubleTake or one of 20
> different solutions based on your business requirements.
>
> Either way you need to have a think.
>
 
 
Mark





PostPosted: Wed Jul 12 14:15:15 CDT 2006 Top

Exchange Servers Setup >> Adding an Exchange server to a SBS network Depends on how many people you have to look after and how much of the
hump they're going to get.
"probably" is my answer to you, but only you can make that final call.