Deploying a normal Exchange Server cluster is complicated and requires specialized hardware. But clustering a front-end Exchange server is fairly simple.
Technically speaking, a front-end server isn't even an Exchange server. It's actually an Internet Information Server hosting Outlook Web Access as a Web application. So, since a front-end Exchange server does not interact directly with the Exchange databases, it doesn't require a disk-sharing solution or any of the complexities normally involved in clustering back-end Exchange servers.
TUTORIAL: HOW TO SET UP A FRONT-END EXCHANGE SERVER CLUSTER
Pros and cons of a Network Load Balancing Service front-end cluster
Requirements for a Network Load Balancing Service front-end cluster
How to set up a Network Load Balancing Service front-end Exchange cluster
The pros and cons of a DNS-based front-end Exchange cluster
How to set up a DNS-based front-end Exchange cluster
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|ABOUT THE AUTHOR:|
Brien M. Posey, MCSE|
Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Exchange Server, and has previously received Microsoft's MVP award for Windows Server and Internet Information Server (IIS). Brien has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once responsible for the Department of Information Management at Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, Brien has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit Brien's personal Web site at http://www.brienposey.com.
This was first published in April 2006