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This is another tool available in prior versions of Exchange that has been updated for use with Exchange 2003. This tool consists of two programs -- the Replication Configuration program (EXSCFG.EXE), which is shown in Figure 10.3, and the Replication service (EXSSRV.EXE) -- and is used to replicate public folder content and Free/Busy information between two Exchange organizations. It enables users in each organization to coordinate meetings and appointments and to share contact and public folder data.
This tool is very useful for companies undergoing mergers or acquisitions, for companies with separately administered Exchange organizations, or in any scenario in which you have two separate and distinct Exchange organizations. It can be used to replicate data between an Exchange 2003 organization and another Exchange 2003 organization, or with an Exchange 2000 or Exchange 5.5 organization. If you do plan to use this tool with Exchange 2003 and a legacy Exchange organization, be sure to use the Exchange 2003 version of this tool.
One of the advantages of this tool is that it does not need to run directly on an Exchange server. It can be used on any system running ESM. Note, though, that this tool may not be sufficient for everyone's interorganizational replication needs. If you have complex replication needs, you may find Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS) 2003 better suited to your needs. For more information on using the Inter-Organization Replication tool, consult the Read Me file included with it. For more information on MIIS, see TO http://www.microsoft.com/miis.NEED.
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About the author: Scott Schnoll, an Expert on SearchExchange.com, is an MCT, MCSA and a long-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).
In addition to writing "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," he is a co-author of the upcoming "Exchange 2003 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press" and lead author for "Exchange 2000 Server: The Complete Reference."
Scott has written numerous articles for Exchange & Outlook Magazine, and is a regular speaker at Microsoft conferences, including MEC and TechEd, as well as industry conferences such as Comdex and MCP TechMentor, where he covers topics such as Exchange, clustering, Internet Information Services and security.