Understand Dial Tone Portability in Exchange

In this article we understand the feature of Dial Tone Portability offered by Ms Exchange and learn how it helps in avoiding productivity loss.

Dial Tone Portability In Ms ExchangeWhile operating a business there might be instances of a system or server failure. During such situations, the only problem is not recovering the data, but also making up for the lost working hours. No organization can compromise on the productivity or working hours lost due to accidental failures or disasters. To avoid loss of productivity during such situations, MS Exchange offers its users a feature of Dial Tone Portability. Through this feature, the users get access to a temporary mailbox, so that the work does not get completely halted. This temporary mailbox is available only till the actual mailbox is in the process of recovery and has not finished recovering.

Limited Availability

This is precisely what the feature is all about. Dial Tone Portability provides Exchange users with limited availability of mailboxes in the time of a disaster, like a server or site failure, to avoid obstruction in performance. These mailboxes can be used till the original one has not recovered, and both can be on the same or different MS Exchange server 2013 within the organization. This helps a lot in maintaining the work flow and utilizing the precious man hours available with the organization. If an organization is in the middle of an important conversation with another organization through emails, and suddenly loses network, the temporary mailbox takes over to ensure continuity and availability.

Merging Mailboxes

Merge Data To Target MailboxesDial Tone Portability not only provides the user of an organization with a temporary mailbox for limited availability, but also allows for merging the temporary and the original, recovered mailbox, after the recovery process is over. This ensures that no amount of user data is lost and both the mailboxes can be easily merged. This also brings into picture an alternative server, which for the time being hosts mailboxes earlier stored on a server which is not available anymore.

Dial Tone Recovery

The process of using a temporary mailbox during a disaster / Dial Tone Portability, is also called Dial Tone Recovery. It typically involves creating blank database on the available server to replace the database that failed. This blank database is the dial tone database, it allows users to exchange emails while the database which failed has recovered. Once the process of recovery has been completed for the failed database. Both the databases are swapped. When the recovered and dial tone databases are swapped, the data also gets merged and then you can find all your data on the recovered database.

A Lifesaving Feature

When an application like MS Exchange is in use, the users can seldom afford any kind of failures. Mainly because these applications contain large amounts of important data and lot of people rely on them. If there is any loss of time due to any kind of failure or disaster, the organization will have to suffer. The feature of Dial Tone Portability has been designed for exactly these kinds of situations, to help avoid any kind of work loss and also enable the organization to keep using the Exchange mailbox server while a Exchange recovery is initiated in the background.

Author Introduction:

Van Sutton is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair Outlook file damage and bkf recovery software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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