RE: Exchange Cluster Question

  • From: "Medeiros, Jose" <jmedeiros@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 10:54:42 -0800

Hi Jeffrey, 

Good job on getting it installed. Yes, the documentation is a little difficult 
to follow when it comes to an Exchange 2000 /2003 clusters. The resource I used 
when I built a Exchange 2000 Cluster using a HP 500 MSA Storage Array, was a 
book by Bill English & Walter Glenn on Exchange 2000. It has a chapter that 
covers how to configure Exchange 2000 Clusters.

However his current book on Exchange 2003 does not cover clustering. When I 
wrote him and asked why he left out that section he replied that it was not a 
common installation and suggested I use Microsoft's White papers. 

Someone else on the list may have a better resource.

Hope this helps, 
Jose Medeiros
ADP | National Account Services
ProBusiness Division | Information Services
925.737.7967 | 408-449-6621 CELL

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeffrey Moscone [mailto:jeff@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 7:24 AM
To: Medeiros, Jose
Subject: Exchange Cluster Question

Hello Jose,
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction with using iSCSI to build a 
Microsoft Windows 2003 Server using a Snap Server. I've successfully completed 
that process and am now stuck on building of the Exchange resources. Some 
documentation out there is conflicting stating that you need a separate default 
Cluster Group (IP, name, storage), MSDTC Group (IP, name, storage), and the 
Exchange Virtual Server Group (IP, name, storage) and some that state you 
don't. I've configured the default Cluster Group with a name, IP and dedicated 
storage, and also added the MSDTC Resource to the default group. When I 
attempted to created a separate group for MSDTC I couldn't move the physical 
disk as one document suggested that I do. So, (take a breathe, sorry for the 
verbose email) now I'm at the last step to create the Virtual Server (as a 
separate group I assume) and it is going to require a physical disk. Is this 
correct? If so, how do you assign the physical storage if it is already part of 
the default group?
Also, when I installed Exchange & Service Packs on both servers they don't 
appear in the ESM nor are the services started. Maybe this is normal?
Thanks for your help in advance. I've read a lot about this, but nothing 
definitive enough complete the setup process.
Jeffrey Moscone

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