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How to Configure Exchange 2003 Enterprise with SP2 in A/P cluster mode (EVA 4400)

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How to Configure Exchange 2003 Enterprise with SP2 in A/P cluster mode (EVA 4400)


Please help me, How to configure Exchange 2003 cluster mode.

Informations are given below:
Machine 2XDL580, EVA4400
OS: Windows 2003 Enterprise edition with SP2

Application: Exchange 2003 Enterprise with SP2 in A/P cluster mode

Two storage group

Parameter Proposed Value

Quorum Volume : 1 GB
Primary Storage Group (SG1) : 800 GB
Log Volume for SG1 : 100 GB

Secondary Storage Group (SG2) : 500 GB
Log Volume for SG2 : 100 GB

Cluster Mode : 2 Node Cluster with MSCS (Active / Passive)
Node1 NetBIOS Name : BDDHKEX03 ( HP DL 580)
Node2 NetBIOS Name : BDDHKEX04 ( HP DL 580)

Cluster Virtual Server Name : BDDHKEXCL12
Exchange Virtual Server Name : BDDHKEVS2

Total Space Claimed from SAN : 1.46 TB
System Partition Size : 40 GB
Static IP Required : 3 (and 2 from other private range for HearBeat)

Please give me, Step by step Exchange 2003 cluster mode configuration

Best Regards,
Steven Clementi
Honored Contributor

Re: How to Configure Exchange 2003 Enterprise with SP2 in A/P cluster mode (EVA 4400)

If you need a step by step to do this, you probably should be looking for a consulting company that specializes in these types of configurations.

Building this is actually quite simple.

1. Configure your storage, make sure both nodes can access it and have the same drive letters configured on both servers.

2. Shut down one node.

3. Install the Cluster service on the remaining node.

4. Turn back on the other node and install the cluster server on it.

5. Now you should have a very basic working Cluster.

6. Create 1 Resource Group. Create a Network IP Address and a Network Name resource in that group (I don't remember if EX2003 does this for you, it may which it is a good idea to find a Microsoft doc that gives you the steps to building an Exchange Cluster. If I have some time, I will look it up and post. Someone will likely get to it before I do.)

7. Install Exchange on your Cluster Nodes

8. You should be complete. Tweak and test settings, failover, failback, etc.

These are very BASIC steps. Obviously there is a lot more to each step, but again... you probably should be looking for a consultant for the additional knowledge...

Microsoft provides lookup for Partners that specialize in this type of configuration.

Steven Clementi
HP Master ASE, Storage and Clustering
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