after reading http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd638104.aspx , will the DAG need at least 4 members(or even numbers)?
We have two site which are production and DR sites.
I was planning to put two DAG members at the production site and one DAG member at DR site. Will this spport?
or Do I have to put 4 DAG members in one DAG?
What's the best practice?
Will the DAG need at least 4 members(or even numbers) ? No.
DAG requires minimum one Exchange Member Server. It supports 16 memebers at the max.
2 Member Server in Production Site + 1 in DR Site = 3 Member servers DAG is Supported.
Its not mandatory to place 4 DAG members in the DAG.
All the Best :)
Sathish Kumar Elango | MCSE 2003 & MCSA Messaging | http://msexchangehelp.wordpress.com
- Proposed as answer by Sathish Kumar Elango Wednesday, February 17, 2010 8:56 PM
While 4 nodes are not required you may see it suggested for a couple reasons.
1. Folks who want to go with JBOD for storage. If you do not have at least 2 copies of each DB in a datacenter (and at least 3+ copies of each DB total across all datacenters) then Microsoft recommends sticking with RAID in that datacenter.
2. To enable you to perform intra-datacenter switchovers/failovers without affecting any of the ancilliary functions like CAS/HUB/etc...
Brian Day, Overall Exchange & AD Geek
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