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Exchange 2007 Replication Options

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We've started a review of our remote sites and have just set up SAN replication using DFS for any sites with more that a dozen or so users. Our next priority to set up and exchange server in our biggest remote site. I was just wondering what options are availible to speed up email access for remote users? We were thinking along the lines of replicating the entire exchange server so that any users can travel to a remote site and still get high speed access to the mail.

 

At the moment we're looking at setting up a continuously replicated exchange cluster over the WAN link.

 

Has anyone got any other ideas for ever done anything like this before?

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We've started a review of our remote sites and have just set up SAN replication using DFS for any sites with more that a dozen or so users. Our next priority to set up and exchange server in our biggest remote site. I was just wondering what options are availible to speed up email access for remote users? We were thinking along the lines of replicating the entire exchange server so that any users can travel to a remote site and still get high speed access to the mail.

 

At the moment we're looking at setting up a continuously replicated exchange cluster over the WAN link.

 

Has anyone got any other ideas for ever done anything like this before?

 

What's wrong with OWA?

 

And RPC over HTTP for dedicated seats?

 

Replicating your exchange environment, without dedicated SAN replication technologies and clustering, is messy... and replicating that kind of data across a link is expensive.

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The problem we're trying to address is large (1GB+) mailboxes having to be copies down whenever a user opens their email in another site. The managers\board will often drive to another city for a meeting and log in on someone elses PC.

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Turn off cached mode for those users.

 

Or, as I mentioned, enable Outlook Web Access for those staff for offsite work.

 

Or supply them laptops.

 

Any of those options will be cheaper.

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As far as replication Exchange, there are some options but non that suit what you need, continuous cluster replication (CCR) needs to be on the same subnet, Local Continuous Replication (LCR) needs to be on the same volume and Standby Continuous Replication (SCR) only provides failover, non of which fit the bill you are looking for.

 

Outlook Anywhere (RPC over http) would provide you with quite a lot of functionality that you are after as it displays most of what you what in an Outlook client but only fetches what you need when you need it. So there would be a slight delay.

 

Outlook web access might also be an option (as already stated) but it depends on if management don't mind the idea of a (slightly) poor mans email.

 

Last option would be to set up terminal services or Xenapp services which would allow the use of the application with minimal latency as the program and data files are all back at the home base.

 

Last option is to look at some form of HA software like http://www.marathontechnologies.com/exchan...ailability.html that...

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