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Old 09-10-2009, 03:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Possible to have 2 BES Servers 2 Exchange Servers completely seperate?

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My dilema is as follows.

Running version 4.1.4.15 on server 2003 R2 on Exchange 2003.

Have an exhange 2007 SP1 server but need BES users on there.

Can I setup a different account ie BESADMIN2 and use that with my exchange 2007 server and setup a BES 5 server to use that. I can't afford downtime so i'm trying to roll the users over rather than do a hard change.

If this info is wrong let me know, I appreciate the help!
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Yes you can do that.

BES also support multiple mail servers too so you might not need a second one unless you want to keep it seperate.
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Thanks for the reply.

Good to hear I can do that. How would I have the besadmin work for 2 servers? My understanding (this may be wrong) is that you have to uninstall the exchange tools and install mapi tools to use BES with exchange 2007. Is this true? Will it still work after you move over to the mapi tools with exchange 2003?
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The recommendation is to remove ESM and install the MAPI / CDO 1.2.1 tools.

Stop BES services and set to manual
Uninstall ESM
reboot
install CDO 1.2.1
set services to auto
start services
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The recommendation is to remove ESM and install the MAPI / CDO 1.2.1 tools.

Stop BES services and set to manual
Uninstall ESM
reboot
install CDO 1.2.1
set services to auto
start services
If I do this will the BES work with both 2003 and 2007 with the besadmin account remaining on 2003?
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If I do this will the BES work with both 2003 and 2007 with the besadmin account remaining on 2003?
Yes as long as the exchange permissions are correct on the new server.
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what ^ said.
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If I setup this second server with a second BES account on the exchange 2007 server, is there any chance that this will mess up the current BES setup?

I am using this also to install BES 5 so I kind of want to do a new install for testing without interupting the current user base.
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Using a second service account should not screw up the existing BES at all.

You should not install BES 5 on the mail server though.
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Using a second service account should not screw up the existing BES at all.

You should not install BES 5 on the mail server though.
Thanks thats what I needed to hear.

I use a lot of VMs so I'm careful to keep that kind of stuff separate.
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Seperation is nice. I cant wait to start messing with VMs when we upgrade our hardware.

Make sure the service account mailbox is on the new mail server so if the old mail server goes down the new BES server will continue to run.
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Seperation is nice. I cant wait to start messing with VMs when we upgrade our hardware.

Make sure the service account mailbox is on the new mail server so if the old mail server goes down the new BES server will continue to run.
Yeah we started with ESX 2 years ago and have had a lot of success. Some quarks here and there but overall get a lot more out of your hardware.

I will setup the new service account on the 2007 machine. I don't remember from our old setup but I don't think there is any DNS adjustments to be made are there?
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Does no one check their spelling?
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