In this post, I am going to take a look at various different methods that we can add a mailbox database copy for an existing “DB01” database copy in Exchange 2013. Currently my setup consists of two mailbox servers running on Hyper-V 2012 (on Windows 8). The mailbox servers are running standard edition trial licenses of both Windows and Exchange and they are a member of a two node dag leveraging an Exchange 2013 Client Access server as the file share witness. For more information on the setup please refer back to the first article, here.
In the first part of my explorations into Exchange 2013 and specifically, the setup and any new functionality of database availability groups, I setup the network adapters on my Exchange 2013 mailbox servers to support the creation of a new database availability group. To review the settings thus far, please go here. Next we’ll take a look at how the dag creation process differs in the Exchange Admin Center in 2013 from its predecessor in 2010. Of course this can all be done directly in the shell but I’d like to explore the user experience in the new console personally for now.