Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 cluster configuration

Master Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 cluster configuration with this crash course, including planning, installation and deployment best practices.

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 cluster configuration is extremely challenging, but the availability and performance rewards can be worth the effort. Master Exchange 2003 cluster configuration with the tips, tutorials and expert technical advice in this crash course. Find out how to set up and configure an Exchange Server cluster and learn planning and deployment best practices. Also discover diagnostic tools like Clusdiag, which helps determine the health of an Exchange Server cluster.

TIPS AND EXPERT TECHNICAL ADVICE -------------------------------------------------------

Exchange Admin 101: An introduction to Exchange clustering
Discover the differences between the active/passive and active/active clustering models in Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003 and learn the pros and cons of each.

Best practices for Exchange clustering
There is a lot of room for mistakes when deploying a high availability Exchange cluster. This article explains best practices to keep in mind during the planning process.

Seven-step plan to clustering Exchange servers
Decided it's a good idea to cluster your Exchange servers? Keep these seven steps handy as you embark on the process.

Exchange Server 2003 cluster diagnostics
Clusdiag is a free graphical cluster diagnostics and verification tool from Microsoft that can help you determine the health of your Windows/Exchange Server clusters. See some screenshots and get the download details in this tip.

Is Exchange 2003 cluster virtualization a good move?
SearchExchange.com expert Peter terSteeg explains Microsoft's current support status of virtualized machines, what 64-bit Exchange 2007 means for virtualization, and if Exchange 2003 cluster virtualization is a good idea.

TUTORIALS----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

How to set up a front-end Exchange Server cluster
Front-end Exchange servers can become overloaded if too many users attempt to use Outlook Web Access simultaneously. In this tutorial, Exchange MVP Brien Posey explains how you can configure a Network Load Balancing Service cluster or DNS-based round-robin cluster to distribute workload across multiple front-end Exchange servers for better performance.

Deploying Exchange Server 2003 in a cluster
This Microsoft TechNet guide is a detailed tutorial that provides instructions, illustrations and supporting information that will help you properly prepare for and deploy clustering in a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 environment.

Chapter Download: Performance and clusters
This chapter from the book, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, by Tony Redmond, discusses a myriad of aspects related to Exchange performance, including performance tools, high-end standard servers, the role of storage and cluster configuration.

This was first published in August 2007

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