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I just found out we will be moving to a new location in June, and I would like to incorporate an Exchange upgrade as well....Right now we are running Exchange 2000 Standard Edition, which I am constantly battling to keep under 16GB.....Running in a small W2k environment with 4 other servers, currently 30 users, growing to app. 60 by next year.  Should I just go to 2000 Enterprise, or would it be wiser to take the leap all the way to Exchange 2003 Enterprise?  Is it a fairly easy upgrade either way?  Are there any issues running 2003 in a 2000 mixed-mode environment?  Any thoughts or suggestions are much appreciated.  Thanks.
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by:gdmacmillan
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Hi Tenover,
               jumping from 2000 to 2003 is a really easy upgrade. Could you run the mailbox manager to clean up items older than say a year etc or impose limits to make your users clean up?


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by:tenover
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Mailbox Manager sounds good....What exactly does it do?  Will it simply "Archive" all items for all mailboxes into individual .pst files if over a certain amount of time old?  That would be perfect.....
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It's been a while since i used that. If you go to system polices and create new mailbox policy you can then look at the settings. It will sweep the email but it wont archive them. Here's the microsoft blurb on it.

Mailbox Manager
Mailbox Manager was shipped with Exchange 5.5 SP3, but not in the original version of Exchange 2000. We are reintroducing Mailbox Manager with Exchange 2000 SP1.

This utility is used to enforce corporate message retention policies by regularly deleting messages that match the rules you specify. Some of the features of the Mailbox Manager include: pre-scheduled automated operations, individual folders (Inbox, Contacts, and so on) with their own retention times, deletion by message size, and administrator reports at the end of each run. For example, customers can specify that Inbox messages should be automatically deleted (or moved to a deletion area) when they are more than xx days old or over xxxx kilobytes in size.

Hope that helps.
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