High Availability and Site Resilience
[This is pre-release documentation and subject to change in future releases.]
Applies to: Exchange Server 2013 Preview
You can use high availability and site resilience to design, build, and operate a highly available messaging solution based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Preview. You can design and deploy a configuration that enables site resilience, and use procedures related to the various backup, restore, and recovery operations supported by Exchange 2013 Preview.
Similar to the products themselves, content for the next version of Exchange Server and Exchange Online is still being developed. If our Preview documentation doesn’t contain the information you’re looking for, there’s a good chance the content from previous releases may still apply. Browse our Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange Online documentation. If you still can’t find answers, please send feedback to Exchange 2013 Preview Help Feedback. Your comments will help us provide you with the most useful content.
Use the following links to access the information you need about high availability, disaster recovery, and site resilience.
- Understanding High Availability and Site Resilience
Refer to this section for an overview of the architectural changes and new features in Exchange 2013 Preview that enable high availability and site resilience. Learn about definitions for key terms, details of changes to high availability over previous versions of Exchange, and key characteristics of the Exchange 2013 Preview solution. Use links to learn about specific features, such as database availability groups (DAGs), mailbox database copies, and Active Manager, and more. This topic complements the guidance in Understanding Database Availability Groups, Understanding Mailbox Database Copies, and Understanding Active Manager.
- Planning for High Availability and Site Resilience
Get Microsoft guidance for planning high availability for Exchange 2013 Preview. Learn about the general hardware, software, and network requirements for Exchange 2013 Preview high availability, and learn about best practices for planning DAGs and mailbox database copies. Get details about the requirements for site resilience and guidance for planning site resilience.
- Deploying High Availability and Site Resilience
Get guidance and use links to detailed instructions for deploying Exchange 2013 Preview high availability and site resilience using DAGs and mailbox database copies. Refer to this section for an overview of the deployment process, and use the links for performing each procedure. Get an example of deployment from start to finish of a four-member DAG extended across two datacenters.
- Managing High Availability and Site Resilience
Use links to detailed procedures for managing Exchange 2013 Preview high availability and site resilience. Get details about how to create a DAG, manage DAG membership, create and configure DAG networks, shut down DAG members, create and configure mailbox database copies, manage mailbox database copies, and perform database and server switchovers.
- Managing Database Availability Groups
Refer to this section for an overview of the various management tasks associated with DAGs, and use links to detailed procedures for performing those tasks. These tasks include creating DAGs, managing DAG membership, configuring DAG properties, configuring DAG networks, and shutting down DAG members.
- Managing Mailbox Database Copies
Refer to this section for an overview of the various management tasks associated with mailbox database copies, and use links to detailed procedures for performing those tasks. These tasks include seeding, suspending and resuming mailbox database copies, and performing database switchovers.
- Understanding Backup, Restore, and Disaster Recovery
Refer to this section for an overview of backup, restore, and disaster recovery procedures, and use the links to detailed procedures for performing those tasks. Learn about supported backup technologies, server recovery, database portability, dial tone portability, using the recovery database, and implementing flexible mailbox protection.
- Using Windows Server Backup to Back Up and Restore Exchange Data
Refer to this section for an overview of the backup integration with Windows Server Backup, and use the links to detailed procedures for performing backups and restores using Windows Server Backup.
- Recovery Databases
Refer to this section for an overview of the recovery database, as well as usage scenarios for a recovery database. Use the links to detailed procedures for creating a recovery database and restoring data using a recovery database.