MNS and Exchange 2003

Discussion in 'Clustering' started by Berni, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. Berni

    Berni Guest

    Hi Guys,
    I'm currently working on a disaster recovery
    infrastructure were I will have two Data Centers. On each
    of them I will have a separate Storage Array from EMC.
    Volumes will be replicated over a EMC SW to the second
    Data Center over a SAN extension over IP (Cisco FCIP).
    So, I have my data replicated to the remote site but I
    don't know how will reacte Exchange 2003 on a Cluster were
    two nodes are on DC1 and a third and fourth nodes are on
    DC2 with Majority Node Set enabled. Basically I will have
    a read/write clone of my productive Volumes available on
    the remote site and synchronized asynchornously over IP.
    I know that EMC and other third party have solutions for
    this (like NSI), but I want to know if somebody could
    solve it by using MNS without any Third party.
    I could not find any documentation of MNS and Exchange
    2003 and I also could not find where the Microsoft support
    of this is clarified.

    Thanks in advance for any information and best regards,


    Bernardo
     
    Berni, Aug 5, 2004
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  2. I see what you are trying to do. However, MNS is not your answer in this
    case.

    What you might want to research, and yes it is 3rd party solutions only, is
    a four node stretch (or geo) cluster. All four nodes would be part of the
    cluster, but that would be overkill as only one would be active. Perhaps you
    might want to scale it down to just three nodes, two in the production site
    and one in the failover location.

    You can read up on stretch/geo clusters in these links and then talk to your
    vendors.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;280743
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/clustergeo.mspx
     
    Russ Kaufmann [MCT], Aug 5, 2004
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  3. Berni

    Berni Guest

    Hi Russ,

    Thanks for your feedback. I think that we will test the
    solution from NSI and see if we can cover our expectations.
    What I would like to know is when will MS include the
    fully GeoCluster solution ?
    I'm now leading with different vendors (IBM, EMC, Cisco
    and Microsoft) to get the support from everybody and this
    is very hard to do. So the best thing would be to cover
    everything at software level like NSI is doing it.
    Do you know somebody that have experiences with NSI and
    MSCS Clustering ?
    For me MNS is just the start point for full GeoCluster
    Windows integrated.

    Thanks and best regards,


    Berni
     
    Berni, Aug 6, 2004
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  4. Microsoft will not support the GeoCluster, you will need to depend on NSI to
    support their product.
    There are a few people on here that can possibly help.
    Yes, and no. :) MNS provides a piece of the solution.
     
    Russ Kaufmann [MCT], Aug 6, 2004
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