Installing DA on passive node of clustered EV server using MSCS
We are proposing an archiving solution to one of customer. We have Exchange 2007 with 2050 mailboxes and 2 file servers with around 3TB data. The requirement is to have clustered EV with DA. I just want to check if we can host the DA on the passive node of the cluster used for EV.
MSCS 2008 R2 SP1 and EV 10.0.1
I would not recommend that.
I would not recommend that. If the requirement is to have EV clustered then dedicate the cluster to EV and put DA on its own server, rather that be virtual or physical.
And as for having one node of the cluster physical and one virtual, this was discussed here:
I agree with the second post, it might be technically supported and pass Cluster Verification but I wouldn't necessarily recommend that as a viable solution. If cost is the issue then availability must not be the driving factor.
Why not just look at virtualizing the entire deployment and having a good backup and DR plan to minimize downtime?