Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Exchange 2013 Planning Diagrams - Part 2: DAG Overview

This is a continuation of my Exchange 2013 Planning Visio diagrams, and in this post we'll deal with the DAG overview.

Exchange 2013 DAG Planning Overview

We'll be standing up a 6-node, active/active, multirole, DAG in two (2) separate datacenters/sites, with a Fileshare Witness in a third datacenter/site; all connected by MPLS.
We will have twelve (12) mailbox databases. I'm using the building block model that Microsoft suggests in order to evenly distribute the databases across each server.

First, you'll want to download the newest Exchange 2013/Office 365/Lync 2013 Visio stencils from
Microsoft so the shapes will render correctly.
Once you have those saved, stick them in C:\Users\Your User\Documents\My Shapes.

Then, hop over to my Google Drive and grab the
Exchange 2013 DAG Overview.vsdx

Here's a pic of the diagram if you want to cook up your own with a guide:

Exchange 2013 DAG Overview


  1. HI
    thanks for these. I've been strugling with visio and getting a picture drawn. I can use your excellent pixs as a good starting point. Thanks!