exchange 2003 email archiver by GFI

Posted on 2007-10-09
Last Modified: 2010-03-17
Is there a better product than GFI mailarchiver? What do the other guys do that is so much better than GFI? I see several that cost 8 or 10 times the amount GFI costs, and I don't see a whole lot of differences. For instance, the one by

We use exchange 2003 on a few servers.
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    If you look at price-performance ratio, i think GFI option is good.

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    Any specifics? These are what I need to know to make the decision. I got a few things from a sales guy, but you know I'd like feedback from the public.
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    The major cost difference is how the application integrates with Exchange.

    GFI is a journaling product - it doesn't remove the items from the mailbox, but using journaling to take a copy of the items as they go through Exchange and then stores it in its own mailbox. To get the items back you have to use their interface.

    The more expensive products actually remove items from the store and put markers in place instead. That makes it almost transparent to the end user that anything has been removed.


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    Any chance you could provide a couple examples for these more robust solutions?  I too am in the process of evaluating an Exchange archive solution for our company and have had a difficult time getting pointed in the right direction.  I'm most interested in solutions that automatically remove the items from Exchange and provide a fairly transparent experience to the end-user.


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    I've sort of been through it all with the salespeople at a couple of the companies including GFI. They are both good. It seems like's has more of the auto-removing from Exchange abilities and some other abilities based on users and groups that GFI doesn't have... if you don't use the journaling. If you want to use journaling, the GFI option actually has more with that (but it is there only option... so has less exclude this and that options).

    If you want automated and are worried about space, Quest is the one. If yuo need to record every single email and aren't worried about automatically reducing space, use GFI.

    But for tons of detail, definitely talk to salesreps at each company. They actually know lots since they are there just to promote their software, whereas your vendors you buy stuff from dont know much in specifics. Also, dont take anybody's word on their competitor... sadly they are misinformed, out of date, or will outright lie sometimes.

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    Thanks for the feedback.  I've ran through Quest's online demo of Archive Manager and it looks pretty impressive.  If there are any other quality solutions that I should be looking at other than Quest and GFI please let me know.


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