Exchange 2010 FSW on non Exchange servers

2017-12-11T16:22:49+00:00 October 18th, 2009|Exchange|

Just found this gem of information on Anderson Patricio’s blog, something which stumped me when setting up some 2010 HA demo’s. 

Exchange 2010 allows you to create a highly available implementation with just two servers (excluding edge), you can combine mailbox, hub and client access on one box, do this twice & use a DAG to replicate the databases & you have highly available Exchange (you can use Forefront TMG to load balance). 

The Exchange 2010 DAG functionality replaces the CCR / SCR technology in Exchange 2007, like CCR DAG requires a file share witness to prevent split brain syndrome.  Typically in Exchange 2007 you would place this on a Hub transport server (having manually created the share & permissions), Exchange 2010 has a wizard to create the FSW on a remote server for you which is handy, however as I found out when I tried to use it against a non Exchange server it didn’t work, I manually created the FSW – putting it down to a Beta / RC bug, however it would appear that you need to add the Exchange Trusted Subsystem group to the local administrators group on the target server to allow the FSW wizard to work.

Rob