Exchange 2019: configuration of a DAG

Exchange 2019

In this tutorial, we will see how to configure a DAG with Exchange 2019.

A DAG (Database Availability Group) is the fact of putting one or more databases in high availability under Exchange in order to ensure continuity of service.

The procedure is similar to Exchange 2016 and already available on the site, I will not go into as much detail.

Prerequisites

  • Have 2 Exchange 2019 servers with the same level of update (Windows and Exchange).
  • Have a server to store the server quorum when using an odd number of Exchange servers.
  • Exchange servers must have the same partitions
  • Ideally, Exchange servers should have two network cards, one of which is dedicated to replicating databases.

Creation of the DAG Exchange 2019

Go to the Exchange 2019 administration web interface and go to server management 1 and check that all the Exchange 2019 servers are present.

Exchange 2019 DAG - server list

Go to database availability groups 1 and click on the + 2 to create the group.

Add DAG

Enter the name of the group 1, the witness server 2, the location of the folder for the quorum 3 and click on Save 4.

Configure DAG

The DAG is now available in the interface.

DAG added

The DAG was created without specifying an IP address, therefore it will not be possible to manage the failover cluster with the Failover Cluster Manager console, you must use the PowerShell commands.

To validate the creation of the cluster, open a PowerShell command prompt and enter the command:

Get-Cluster
Get-Cluster

Now that the availability group is created, you must add the servers that compose it.

Add servers to the DAG

Select the DAG 1 and click on the server management icon 2.

Add servers

Click on + 1.

Add servers

Select the servers 1 then click on add 2 and OK 3.

Servers selected

The servers added 1, click on Save 2.

Server selected

Click on Save 1.

Save server on DAG

Wait while installing and creating the cluster.

The configuration of the servers successful, click on Close 1.

Server configured

In the DAG settings, we see the servers that have been added to the group.


Now that the servers have been added to the group, we will move on to the configuration of the network dedicated to replication.

Replication network configuration

As a reminder, you must deactivate the DNS registration on the network card dedicated to replication.

Disable register DNS

In the availability group properties, select the 1 Manually configure the networks in the database availability group check box.

Configuration network

Click on Deactivate replication 1 on the MapiDagNetwork.

Disable replication

Confirm the action by clicking OK 1.

Confirm

Wait a little, updating network management can take time. Once validated, we see that replication is deactivated on the network, it is possible to reset it by clicking on Activate replication.

Network overview

Now that the DAG is ready, we will see how to add a database to the group.

Add a database to the availability group

On the database management page, select the database 1 then click on … 2 and on Add a database copy 3.

Database add to dag

Click on Browse 1 to select the server.

Select server

Select the server 1 and click OK 2.

Select server

Click on Save 1.

Save configuration

Wait while copying the database.

When finished, click Close 1.

Database copied

We see that the database is in copy on the two servers.

Database in DAG

Conclusion

The implementation of a DAG under Exchange 2019 is similar to Exchange 2013/2016 and makes it possible to make messaging services high available.

For the rest of the configuration of your infrastructure, I invite you to read the different tutorials available on the site in the Exchange / Office 365 category.