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Choosing an affordable disaster recovery operation

SearchExchange.com expert David Sengupta offers advice on how to find an affordable third-party disaster recovery operation.

We are a small company running Exchange Server 2003 on Windows Server 2003 SP1. We want to have a quick disaster recovery option of switching to a backup server in the event of a hardware/software failure on the primary server. We have looked at many options, but with a very limited budget, we can't really afford clustering or other high-end options. We have public folders replicating between the two servers, but we want to get the individual stores to synchronize as well.
There is no way of doing this with Exchange Server 5.5, Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003. You may want to do a search in your favorite Internet search engine for "availability management exchange" or similar to assess third-party tools, though they will have varying per-mailbox or per-server costs associated.

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  • This was last published in September 2006

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