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Database Availability Group in Exchange 2013

Everyone is aware that Exchange 2010 DAG is a successful implementation, lets see about some of the new features available in Exchange 2013 Database Availability Group (DAG)



We will get to know about the 5 important features introduced in Exchange 2013

1.Multiple databases per disk 

2.AutoReseed configuration

3.Safety Net feature – Activating a lagged copy with no data loss

4.DAG network auto-configuration

5. Site resilience – Having Mail.domain.com with 2 or more IP address


Multiple databases per disk

Exchange 2013 includes support of multiple databases on the same disk, as there is much more reduction IOPS in terms of disk usage.

How it is achieved ?

Exchange 2010 – Check point depth = 5 mb , where passive copies where more aggressive in pre reading operations , results in higher IOPS

Exchange 2013 – Check point depth = 100mb, where passive copies remain less aggressive , gives more room to the disk in processing more operations


AutoReseed configuration

In scenarios like disk corruption, disk failure, Database corruption , manual intervention was needed immediately in order to fix the failed copies, but Exchange 2013 as a option of AutoReseed configuration

which can automatically restore databases after a disk failure by using spare disks that have been provisioned already in the system.

How it is achieved ?

Pre-mapping a set of volumes and databases using mount points. while disk failure happens or disk is no longer available to the operating system,the allocated spare volume is used by the system, and the affected database copies are reseeded automatically and gets to a status of healthy back again , giving a span of time to the administration to replace the faulty disks

Good to know –

AutoDagVolumesRootFolderPath property refers to the mount point that contains all of the available volume

AutoDagDatabasesRootFolderPath property refers to the mount point that contains the databases

AutoDagDatabaseCopiesPerVolume, is used to configure the number of database copies per volume


Safety Net feature – Activating a lagged copy with no data loss

lets say you have a lagged copy that has a 1-day of replay lag. In that case, you would configure Safety Net for a period of 1 days , Activating the lagged copy you have an option to receives those one day of email again. preventing data loss

How it is achieved ?

Safety Net is similar to transport dumpster , once you configure safety net for 1 day , The copy of the delivered message is already stored in Safety Net, so shadow redundancy can redeliver the message from Safety Net if necessary

Once you mount a lagged copy, which triggers an automatic request to Safety Net to redeliver the last  days of mail. which prevents a lot of stress for admin. searching for the lost email


DAG network auto-configuration

DAG networks are now automatically managed by the system. where MAPI and replication networks are configured automatically

Good to know –

How to change it to manual ?

Set-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup cmdlet to set the ManualDagNetworkConfiguration parameter to True.


Site resilience – Having Mail.domain.com with 2 or more IP address

Although Exchange 2013 continues to use DAGs and Windows Failover Clustering for Mailbox server role high availability

We can have the Client Access FQDN assigned with two or more IP’s , where if one ip fails to reach , the other site IP picks up to restore connectivity

eliminating the manual process like previous versions


Hope the article is informative !

Satheshwaran Manoharan
Satheshwaran Manoharanhttps://www.azure365pro.com
Award-winning Technology Leader with a wealth of experience running large teams and diversified industry exposure in cloud computing. From shipping lines to rolling stocks.In-depth expertise in driving cloud adoption strategies and modernizing systems to cloud native. Specialized in Microsoft Cloud, DevOps, and Microsoft 365 Stack and conducted numerous successful projects worldwide. Also, Acting as a Technical Advisor for various start-ups.

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  1. I have problem with DAG when tested Exh2013 to make dag and when remove any server from dag give me error ” can’t remove this database because you have muti of copies ”

    Q : how I can add and remove database with DAG without any rror

    • Its all the same. Nothing different. Just he nodes will be stretched. Witness can be on Third site to give high resiliency when the primary data-center fails.

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