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How to Perform a Delegated Setup of a Clustered Mailbox Server

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007

Topic Last Modified: 2008-11-19

This topic explains how to delegate permission for installing a clustered mailbox server to a subordinate administrator or group of subordinate administrators. It also explains how to perform the delegated setup process in a variety of environments:

  • Cluster continuous replication (CCR) on Windows Server 2003

  • CCR on Windows Server 2008

  • Single copy clusters (SCC) on Windows Server 2003

  • SCC on Windows Server 2008

Performing a delegated setup of a clustered mailbox server involves the following general tasks:

  1. Forming the cluster

  2. Creating the computer object for the clustered mailbox server.

  3. Performing the provisioning for the delegation. You can provision a clustered mailbox server for a single account or for a security group. The provisioning steps create temporary server objects for the nodes of the cluster. These are automatically deleted when the Mailbox server role is installed on the first passive node in the cluster.

  4. Completing the clustered mailbox server installation.

Steps 1, 2, and 4 are performed by the subordinate administrator. Step 3 is performed by the administrator.

To form the cluster, the account you use must be delegated membership in the local Administrator group on each node.

To create the computer object for the clustered mailbox server, and to delegate setup, the account you use must be delegated the Exchange Organization Administrator role.

For more information about permissions, delegating roles, and the rights that are required to administer Exchange Server 2007, see Permission Considerations.

  1. Open Cluster Administrator and connect to the cluster.

  2. Right-click the cluster name, select New, and then select Group.

  3. The New Group wizard appears. In the Name field, enter the name of the clustered mailbox server to be installed. Optionally, enter a description in the Description field. Click Next to continue.

  4. The Preferred Owner page appears. Select all nodes that will host the clustered mailbox server in the Available nodes list and click Add. The selected nodes should appear in the Preferred owners list. Click Finish to continue, and then click OK to acknowledge the creation confirmation dialog box.

  5. Right-click the newly created group, select New, and then select Resource.

  6. The New Resource wizard appears. In the Name field, enter IP Address (<CMSName>) (where <CMSName> is the name of the clustered mailbox server). Optionally, enter a description in the Description field. In the Resource Type drop-down list, select IP Address. Click Next to continue.

  7. The Possible Owners page appears. Verify that the proper nodes are listed and click Next to continue.

  8. The Dependencies page appears. Verify that there are no dependencies and click Next to continue.

  9. The TCP/IP Address Parameters page appears. Enter the static IP address and subnet mask that will be assigned to the clustered mailbox server. Verify that Public is selected in the Network drop-down list, and that Enable NetBIOS for this address is selected. Click Finish to continue, and then click OK to acknowledge the creation confirmation dialog box.

  10. Right-click the newly created group, select New, and then select Resource.

  11. The New Resource wizard appears. In the Name field, enter Network Name (<CMSName>) (where <CMSName> is the name of the clustered mailbox server). Optionally, enter a description in the Description field. In the Resource Type drop-down list, select Network Name. Click Next to continue.

  12. The Possible Owners page appears. Verify that the proper nodes are listed and click Next to continue.

  13. The Dependencies page appears. Select IP Address (<CMSName>) from the Available resources list and click Add to add it to the Resource dependencies list. Click Next to continue.

  14. The Network Name Parameters page appears. In the Name field, enter the network name for the clustered mailbox server. Make sure both the DNS Registration Must Succeed and Enable Kerberos Authentication check boxes are checked. Click Finish to continue, and then click OK to acknowledge the creation confirmation dialog box.

  15. Right-click the newly created group and select Bring Online.

  1. Open the Failover Cluster Management tool and connect to the cluster.

  2. Right-click the cluster name and select Configure a Service or Application. The High Availability Wizard appears.

  3. If the Before You Begin page appears, click Next.

  4. On the Select Service or Application page, select Other Server, and then click Next.

  5. On the Client Access Point page, in the Name field, enter the name of the clustered mailbox server to be installed. In the Address field, enter the IP address for the clustered mailbox server to be installed.

  6. On the Select Storage page, do not select any storage, and only click Next.

  7. On the Select Resource Types page, do not select any resources, and only click Next.

  8. On the Confirmation page, review the configuration settings, which should contain only two resources: a Network Name resource and an IP Address resource. If the settings are not correct, click Previous one or more times to make any corrections. If the settings are correct, click Next.

  9. On the Summary page, review the results of the operation. Click Finish to close the High Availability Wizard.

  1. Provision the clustered mailbox server by running the following command:

    Setup /NewProvisionedServer:<CMSName> /ServerAdmin:<Account or Group>
    
  2. Provision each node in the cluster by running the following command on each node in the cluster:

    Setup /NewProvisionedServer:<Node Name> /ServerAdmin:<Account or Group>
    

For example, to provision a clustered mailbox server called EXSCC1 for the group Installers in the Contoso domain, you would run the following command:

Setup /NewProvisionedServer:EXSCC1 /ServerAdmin:Contoso\Installers

To provision a node called NODE1 for the group Installers in the Contoso domain, you would run the following command:

Setup /NewProvisionedServer:NODE1 /ServerAdmin:Contoso\Installers
 
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