Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Step by step: How to install exchange 2003 cluster part VIII

Let's create an exchange virtual server.

Yes, finally it is time to create an exchange server.

Here are things need to be happen before we can install the exchange server.

1. On both machine, install IIS also install, NNTP and SMTP.
2. Open the cluster administrator and make sure exbe01 is the owner of both "cluster group" and "group 0"
3. Rename the "group 0" to EVS1, EVS stands for Exchange Virtual Server.

You are now ready to install exchange server. Let's do it

1. Insert exchange installation CD on exbe02. Yes EXBE02 ,not the EXBE01

2. On the EXBE02 (passive node), exchange server 2003 setup screen will show up. Select "Exchange Deployment Tools"

3. Select "Deploy the first Exchange 2003 server"

4. Select "New Exchange 2003 installation"

5. Go down to the #6 and click the "Run ForestPrep Now", warning message may show up, click continue twice.

6. Go through the license agreement and you will see "Component selection" window, next>

7. Next>

8. You should have a "Component Progress" screen now. It might take several minutes to finish.

9. Go down to the #7 and click the "Run DomainPrep Now", go through the setup process. It might take several minutes to finish.

10. Go down to the #8 and click the "Run Setup Now", yes I know this is exbe02 the passive node, when you install anythong on clusters, you have to perform installation on passive nodes first that includes server service pack, hot fix, security patches and etc.

11. Go through the installation process, it will install exchange server binaries and create the first exchange organization group on the Active Directory.

12. Once the setup is completed, move all groups (Cluster group and EVS1) to exbe02.

13. Login to exbe01 (now passive) and install exchange server, this time you don't have to run the the forestprep and the domainprep, just run "Run Setup Now".

14. You are now ready to create an exchange virtual server.

Let's create an exchange virtual server

1. Now all the required binaries to run the exchange server are installed on both nodes, but your cluster server is not using it yet, so let's make that happen.

2. Move groups (cluster group and evs1) to exbe01, now exbe01 is active.

3. Following steps can be done on any side, but I always do this on active node.

4. Right click EVS1 and New -> Resource

5. Name: EVS1 IP Address, Resource type: IP Address, Group : EVS1, Next>

6. Next>

7. Next> (You don't need any dependencies)

8. Address :, subnet :, Network : Local Area Connection, Enable "Enable NetBIos for this address", and Finish.

9. Right click EVS1 and New -> Resource

10. Name: EVS1 Network Name, Resource type: Network Name, Group : EVS1, Next>

11. Next>

12. Select "EVS1 IP Address" and add, Next>

13. Name: EVS1, Enable"Enable Kerberos Authentication", Finish.

14. Make them online. (Right click the "EVS1" group and select "Bring online")

15. If you check your DNS, you should see EVS1 (

16. Now create a Exchange SA resource, right click EVS1 and New -> Resource

17. Name : EVS1 ExchangeSA, Resource Type: Microsoft Exchange System Attendant, group: EVS1, Next>

18. Next>

19. Add "EVS1 Network Name" and "Disk X:", and Next>, Next>,Next> (cluster chose X: for exchange database for you), Finish.

20. Wow, did you see that, it just added a whole bunch! not just the ExchangeSA!!

21. Bring them online (Right click the "EVS1" group and select "Bring online")

Let's test the exchange server.

1. Login to the DC.

2. Open IE and type , you might have to add * to your trusted site. Login as\administrator

3. Wow, OWA is working...send an email to yourself.

4. If you have a time, you can create a XP machine and install office to test outlook application.

* In real world you want to add an extra disk to handle exchange server logs, and extra disk for each extra exchange storage group. Don't install outlook on any exchange server.

Next time let's create NLB front end servers.

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