Installing Exchange Server 2007 clustered mailbox roles on SCC nodes

Find out how to install Exchange Server 2007 clustered mailbox server roles on both active and passive single copy cluster (SCC) nodes.

It's time to install the Exchange Server 2007 binaries on each node. Let's start with EDFS09. We'll do this using the GUI, so do the following:

  1. Navigate to the network share or DVD media that contains the Exchange 2007 binaries, and double-click Setup.exe.
  2. On the Exchange 2007 Setup splash screen, click Step 4: Install Microsoft Exchange. Then click Next. Accept the License Agreement and then click Next once again. Decide whether you want to enable error reporting or not (it's a good idea to enable this functionality since the Exchange Product Group will receive any obscure errors you should experience in your cluster setup), then click Next.
  3. Now select Custom Exchange Server Installation, then click Next.
  4. You are reading part 4 from "Managing an Exchange 2007 Single Copy Cluster (SCC) setup," excerpted from Chapter 8 of the book "How to Cheat at Configuring Exchange Server 2007: Including Outlook Web, Mobile, and Voice Access," by Henrik Walther, copyright 2007, published by Syngress, a division of Elsevier.

  5. Check Active Clustered Mailbox Role and click Next.
  6. Now select Single Copy Cluster, then specify a name for the mailbox server (the name you want your Outlook clients to connect to) and a unique IP address on your public network. Finally, specify the path for the clustered mailbox server database files (the virtual shared database disk you created earlier), then click Next (see Figure 8.87).
  7. Specifying the Name and IP Address of the Clustered Mailbox Server
    Figure 8.87 Specifying the Name and IP Address of the Clustered Mailbox Server. (Click on image for enlarged view.)

    Note: To set the path for the clustered mailbox server database files, it's important that the cluster group containing the shared disks is owned by EDFS09. The reason for this is that you aren't allowed to use the shared disks if the cluster group is currently owned by EDFS10.

  8. Let the readiness check complete, and if no issues are found, click Next to begin the installation.
  9. The Exchange Server 2007 Installation Wizard will now copy the needed Exchange files, install and configure the Mailbox role, then create and configure the clustered mailbox server resources locally and create the object in Active Directory. When each step has been completed, clear the Exit Setup and open Exchange System Manager check box, then click Finish. We don't want to open the EMC just yet; we'll install Exchange on the second node first.
  10. Log on to EDFS10 with a domain admin account and perform the same steps we did in installing Exchange Server 2007 on EDFS09. The only difference is that you should check instead of Active Clustered Mailbox Role.

When you have installed the Exchange Clustered Mailbox Role on the second node, we can move on to the next section, where we verify that the functionality of the clustered mailbox server works as expected.


Managing an Exchange 2007 Single Copy Cluster-based setup

 Home: Introduction
 Part 1: A basic Single Copy Cluster setup in Exchange 2007
 Part 2: Configuring Single Copy Cluster (SCC) nodes and shared cluster disks
 Part 3: Creating a Windows Server 2003 cluster for an Exchange SCC setup
 Part 4: Installing Exchange 2007 clustered mailbox roles on SCC nodes
 Part 5: Verify Exchange 2007 clustered mailbox server functionality
 Part 6: Exchange 2007 Single Copy Cluster-based setup review

 How to cheat at configuring Exchange Server 2007 This chapter excerpt from How to Cheat at Configuring Exchange Server 2007: Including Outlook Web, Mobile, and Voice Access, by Henrik Walther, is printed with permission from Syngress, a division of Elsevier, Copyright 2007.

Click here for the chapter download.

This was first published in March 2008

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