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Adding DR EVS Archive task when Exchange servers are DR only

ThomasMillerJR
Level 4

I have a situation where Exchange 2010 is already configured with Disaster Availability Groups.  We are adding new servers in the backup site and will extend the Exchange configuration with DR only servers.  We will then add EVS servers to the backup site to allow archiving and retrievals etc in the event of a failover.

There is a requirement for active databases in the DR site when installing the archive task which is documented in http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=HOWTO37852#v41107294

But these are large databases...  Yes they will eventually be synced over but we would prefer to not make them active.

The question is can I simply do the following?

  1. Create a new database in the DAG
  2. Add a EVS system mailbox into the database.
  3. Fail the database to the backup site
  4. Add the archive task for the Exchange 2010 server in the DR EVS Server
  5. Then delete the mailbox and database that was created?

 

Tom

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KarlW
Level 6
Employee

You are along the right lines but you cannot delete the mailbox and database that were created.  If you did on failover the archiving task would fail to connect.

Have you read the EV + Exchange 2010 whitepaper?

Here are some helpful links:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO37852

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH144726

Regards

Karl

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KarlW
Level 6
Employee

You are along the right lines but you cannot delete the mailbox and database that were created.  If you did on failover the archiving task would fail to connect.

Have you read the EV + Exchange 2010 whitepaper?

Here are some helpful links:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO37852

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH144726

Regards

Karl

ThomasMillerJR
Level 4

Thanks Karl

The doc is very useful.

Politcially the customer is looking to avoid a failover due to slower links in the backup DCs.  (that are in the upgrade phase but not there yet)

What about just moving the mailbox back to a good database and then deleting the temporary database?

Tom