Dear NG, first of all I would like to sincerely apologize.one for my long
post and two for multi posting, I'm desperately searching for answers here
and I'm not sure which group will reach the right audience, I would really
really appreciate any help, I need an answer asap.
Here is my scenario, I have two sites one in CA and one in NY connected Via
a VPN, we have about 30 users in CA and 15 users in NY, I have to lay out a
AD structure as well as an exchange solutions, here is what I have so
I will have two servers in CA, one DC/file server and one exchange as well
as two servers in NY also one DC and one exchange, I will create just one
big domain with two AD sites so that logon request are processed locally, as
well as the user mailbox will reside on the local exchange server so that
the mailbox is opened locally, and finally I will utilize a software based
WAFS solution for data access where the CA domain controller/file server is
the source and master while the NY domain controller/file server is the
destination remote site. Am I good and correct so far or am I off?
1) First question does AD by default replicate across sites, or do I need to
specifically specify that replication should occur between the two domain
2) If MX 10 points to CA and MX 20 to NY then all SMTP servers across the
world should first try the exchange server in CA, which means that if I send
an email to a mailbox on the NY exchange server, it will travel to CA and
that will send it to the NY exchange server, so say the link between CA and
NY is down will the CA exchange server hold the email and wait for NY to
come online or will it bounce it, same question vise verse if CA (MX 10) is
down which means that all emails will travel to the NY exchange server (MX
20), will NY hold the email and wait CA to come online?
3) Does it make sense to create a sub domain for NY so that bob in NY is
firstname.lastname@example.org and then point ny.domain.com directly to the NY exchange
server, and if so will question 2 still apply, also can I configure the
recipient policy to update users based on its mailbox location?
4) If I don't create a sub domain and I want that all emails should always
be delivered to all mailboxes, would the use of routing groups be any
5) Will each location see a separate set of public folders or just one (the
same) public folder tree? If they are separate sets of public folders is it
possible to change it to just one public folder set? And if not will it
6) Is the following true, when utilizing AD sites if a user in NY emails to
another user in NY, the NY exchange server will handle the email transfer
locally and not involve the CA exchange server?
7) Can any user open OWA to access their mailbox from any server, or is OWA
restricted to where the mailbox is located?
8) I would like to redirect everybodys My Documents to the users Homedir,
being that im using WAFS should I redirect the NY users to the CA file
server or just redirect locally