Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007
Topic Last Modified: 2007-10-30

This topic explains how to use the Exchange Management Shell or the Exchange Management Console to verify handoff of a clustered mailbox server (CMS) in a single copy cluster (SCC) running on the Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003 operating system. After you complete the installation of an SCC or after you make significant configuration changes, we recommend that you verify that all cluster nodes are properly configured to support the CMS.

The procedure described in this topic performs a scheduled outage of a CMS. For tracking purposes, the administrator can add a comment about the handoff to the system in both procedures. This comment is placed in an Application event log entry for future reference and tracking purposes.

You can use the Get-ClusteredMailboxServerStatus cmdlet to track the progress of the operation and watch the state changes for the resource group that contains the CMS.

The Exchange Management Console procedure can only be performed by using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Before You Begin

To perform this procedure, the account you use must be delegated the Exchange Server Administrator role and local Administrators group for the target node. For more information about permissions, delegating roles, and the rights that are required to administer Exchange 2007, see Permission Considerations.


To use the Exchange Management Shell to hand off a CMS in an SCC to another node

  1. Open the Exchange Management Shell.

  2. Run the following command.

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    Move-ClusteredMailboxServer <CMSName> -TargetMachine <NodeName> -MoveComment <ReasonforMove>

To use the Exchange Management Console to hand off a CMS in an SCC to another node

  1. Open the Exchange Management Console.

  2. Expand Server Configuration, and then select Mailbox.

  3. In the result pane, right-click the CMS to be moved and select Manage Clustered Mailbox Server.

  4. The Manage Clustered Mailbox Server wizard starts. On the Introduction page, in the Management Action area, select Move the clustered mailbox server to another node, and then click Next.

  5. On the Move Clustered Mailbox Server page, click Browse to select the node to which you want to move the CMS. Select the passive node, and then click OK.

  6. In the Move comment field, type a comment or administrative note about the move and click Next.

  7. On the Progress page, click Move to hand off the CMS from the active node to the passive node.

  8. After the handoff has been successfully completed, the Completion page appears. Click Finish to close the wizard.

For More Information

For more information about how to use the Get-ClusteredMailboxServerStatus cmdlet, see Get-ClusteredMailboxServerStatus.