What are the steps for deploying a backup Exchange server?

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I have Exchange Server 2003 running on a Windows 2003 server and I want to deploy a backup Exchange server in case the primary Exchange server fails. Can you please give me some ideas on how to achieve this?

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Exchange Server 2003/2000 do not have any built-in mechanisms for a “backup server”. You can look at Microsoft Clutering Services (MSCS) or third-party solutions that provide database/storage and/or server redundancy.

Dial-tone recovery: A backup server may be as simple as having another Exchange Server running. When the first/production server faces an outage (generally an extended outage of the storage/Database requiring recovery from tape), you can resort to what is known as “dial-tone recovery”. This involves “connecting” users to another Exchange Database, running on another server. Users get an empty mailbox with no old email when they connect – but it allows them to send/receive new messages. Meanwhile, the Database with the old email is recovered from backup media, and mailboxes merged with the “new” mailboxes.

Recovery Storage Groups: Take a look at Recovery Storage Groups. These allow you to restore a copy of a mounted Database to an alternate location, and extract data from it. Using Recovery Storage Groups in Exchange Server 2003.

Exchange Sever 2007 further facilitiates such recovery scenarios by allowing easier Database Portability and allowing users to be connected to a new mailbox database instantly using the shell.

Server Failure and standby servers: Another way of protecting against a server failure, without having to deal with clustered deployments is simply using an identical server with no drives as a standby. In case of hardware failure (except the Storage sub-system) of the production server, drives can be moved to the standby server and operation resumed in no time. This does not provide any protection from logical corruption of the Database or from a drive/storage sub-system failure.

Exchange Server 2007 raises the High Availability bar a lot higher, with built-in mechanisms like Local Continuous Replication (LCR), Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR), and Standby Continuous Replication (SCR, new in Service Pack 1).

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  • Raileely
    Step one: You need have to find a trustable exchange backup software. This is largely depends on your research of backup software. What kind of data you want to backup, system state? Databases? Disk/partitions? Or some important data. Find out your motive for doing data backup and pick the suitable one for your case. Owning a trustable backup software, you need to make out a prepared backup strategies. Here you wish to backup exchange server 2003. You must know business emails have been received every day. If you want to make sure those crucial emails are being protected, then I would suggest you do a schedule backup Third, I would like to say just backup those Mailboxes is ok for all important emails are just set in those Mailbox. There is no need to backup the whose exchange server.
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