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How to install Exchange 2007 on the active node and passive node

Get step-by-step instructions on how to install Exchange Server 2007 on the active node and passive node in a basic Cluster Continuous Replication setup.

Installing Exchange 2007 on the Active Node

It's time to install the Exchange Server 2007 binaries on each node. We'll start with EDFS07, which is the active node. To do so:

  1. Double-click Setup.exe on the network share or the DVD media containing the Exchange 2007 setup files.
  2. The Exchange Server 2007 Installation Wizard splash screen will launch, and as you can see in Figure 8.66, Step 1: Install .NET Framework 2.0, Step 2: Install Microsoft Management Console (MMC), and Step 3: Install Windows PowerShell have already been completed.
  3. The Exchange Server 2007 Splash Screen
    Figure 8.66 The Exchange Server 2007 Splash Screen. (Click on image for enlarged view.)

    Note: If you have installed Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 on each node, you need to download Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0 and install it manually (by following the link in Step 2). But since I'm using Windows 2003 R2 Servers in my environment, the MMC 3.0 is installed by default.
    You are reading part 6 from "Managing an Exchange 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) 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.

    Click Step 4: Install Microsoft Exchange. Then click Next and accept the License Agreement. Click Next once again. Decide whether you want to enable error reporting or not (it's a good idea to enable this function, since the Exchange Product Group will receive any obscure errors you should experience in your CCR setup), then click Next.

  4. Now select Custom Exchange Server Installation (see Figure 8.67) and click Next.
  5. Selecting a Custom Exchange Server Installation
    Figure 8.67 Selecting a Custom Exchange Server Installation. (Click on image for enlarged view.)

  6. Check Active Clustered Mailbox Role as shown in Figure 8.68 and click Next.
  7.  Selecting to Install an Active Clustered Mailbox Role
    Figure 8.68 Selecting to Install an Active Clustered Mailbox Role. (Click on image for enlarged view.)

  8. Now select Cluster Continuous Replication, 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 (which in the example is E:) or use the default path (see Figure 8.69).

    If you're installing CCR in a production environment, you should keep the transaction log files and database on separate disks, but if you're deploying CCR in a test environment, you simply use the default path.

  9. Let the readiness check complete, and if no issues are found, click Next to begin the installation.

Selecting to Install a Cluster Continuous Replication Cluster
and Specifying the Name and IP Address of the Clustered Mailbox Server
Figure 8.69 Selecting to Install a Cluster Continuous Replication Cluster and Specifying the Name and IP Address of the Clustered Mailbox Server. (Click on image for enlarged view.)

The Exchange Server 2007 Installation Wizard will now copy the needed Exchange files, install and configure the Mailbox Role, and finally create and configure the clustered mailbox server resources locally and create the object in Active Directory. After all steps have been completed, untick Exit Setup and open Exchange System Manager (yes, this will be corrected in a later build), then click Finish. We don't want to open the EMC just yet; we'll install Exchange on the second node first.

Installing Exchange 2007 on the Passive Node

Log on to EDFS08 with a domain admin account and do the same steps as we did when installing Exchange Server 2007 on EDFS07. The only difference is that you should select Passive Clustered Mailbox Role instead of Active Clustered Mailbox Role, as shown in Figure 8.70.

Installing the Passive Clustered Mailbox Role on the Second
Node
Figure 8.70 Installing the Passive Clustered Mailbox Role on the Second Node. (Click on image for enlarged view.)


Managing an Exchange 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) setup

 Part 1: Exchange 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication requirements
 Part 2: Setting up Cluster Continuous Replication in Exchange 2007
 Part 3: Creating a Windows 2003 cluster for an Exchange 2007 CCR setup
 Part 4: Using a file share witness with Exchange 2007 CCR
 Part 5: Enable the Transport Dumpster on the Hub Transport server
 Part 6: Installing Exchange 2007 on the active node and passive node
 Part 7: Testing clustered mailbox server functionality in a CCR setup
 Part 8: Exchange 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) setup overview

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 last published in March 2008

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