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Configuring multiple front-end servers in an Exchange cluster

I have three Exchange servers. One server is configured as a front-end server and two are configured as back-end servers. The front-end server is responsible for Outlook Web Access (OWA), IMAP, POP and RPC over HTTP (RoH). Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is also installed on the front-end server. I'm planning to introduce another front-end server into the mix. Should the SSL be configured to use the same fully qualified domain name (FQDN) as the first front-end server? How should I set up the domain name system (DNS) entry for the new front-end server?

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There is a lot involved with your question. I would strongly recommend you download and read the Microsoft white paper "Using Microsoft Exchange 2000 front-end servers." This will give you background on front-end and back-end servers and pros and cons for various scenarios that apply to your particular environment.

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Related information from SearchExchange.com:

  • Tutorial: How to set up a front-end Exchange Server cluster
  • Crash Course: Exchange 2003 cluster configuration
  • Expert Advice: Decide between a front-end and a back-end Exchange server
  • Tip: Best practices for Exchange server clustering
  • Reference Center: Exchange clustering tips and tutorials
  • This was first published in January 2008

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