acceptable size limit for file attachments

Posted on 2005-05-16
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Looking for some opinions on what is an acceptable size limit for file attachments.
Running Exchange server 2003.
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dependant on bandwidth, and how many users, but i set mine at 10mb

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40 users and a fractional T1
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then would it not be simpler to put a limit on their mailbox size rather than attachment size? you just have to be careful of  people sending out to large number of recipients. 10 mb limit is acceptable but also depends if you send large artwork files or is it just funnies you want to stop?
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Just looking for different opinions on the attachments size limit. I already have a 500mb limit on the mailbox size. Anyone use a different size limit on attachments.
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10mb is also what I set it to.
The thing to remember is not the limit at your end, but what the recipients will accept. One of my clients works with the UK government and they will not accept anything about 2mb.

Then again, another client is a graphics company who regularly send 50mb emails, but the people receiving them are setup to receive emails of that size. It all depends whether you have a business need to send large attachments.

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That’s the problem though, people tend to use the email server as a file server and they will always want to send bigger and bigger attachments. Currently I have a 3mb attachment size limit. It sounds as though a 10mb limit is more common than 3mb.

The problem I am seeing now, and not just from the company I work for but a lot of other companies; users are using Yahoo and Google mail to send their attachments out if their companies email server will not handle the attachment size.

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