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Managing Exchange Clusters in Exchange Server 2003


Topic Last Modified: 2005-04-25

After deploying Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 in a cluster, correct management of that cluster ensures high availability of your servers that are running Exchange. One important part of managing your Exchange Server clusters is the customization of your cluster configuration, including management of your Exchange Virtual Servers and cluster nodes. For example, you may want to add functionality to the default cluster configuration, such as enabling Internet Message Access Protocol version 4 (IMAP4) or Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3) access for your users. Other important management tasks include monitoring the performance of Exchange 2003 clusters, troubleshooting problems when they occur, and perhaps rebuilding a server or restoring your databases from backup.

Before you start managing your Exchange cluster, you may want to review what constitutes an Exchange Virtual Server and its associated Exchange resources. You may also want to become more familiar with Cluster Administrator—the primary tool used to configure and manage clusters.

Before performing the cluster administration tasks outlined in this chapter, you must be familiar with the clustering concepts described in "Checklist: Preparation for installing a cluster" in the Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 Enterprise Edition Online Help and in the Windows Server 2003 Technical Reference.
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