auto archive with exchange and modify size limit for mailboxes on sbs 2003

Posted on 2007-10-14
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have client setup so all outlook clients using cached exchanged mode.
I've modified storage group so mailboxes are allowed to grow to maximum size limit of 2097151 (it doesn't let me put anything higher in there.

Some users are getting error messages due to reaching their size limits. Is there a way to enable and setup auto-archiving through group-policy to have users auto-archive onto their H: users drive based on parameters I put into group policy? Where can I get the .adm template from if one actually exists?

Lastly, is it possible to override default size limits for individual mailboxes on SBS 2003 and will it upset the cached exchange mode if its manually overwritten?

Question by:fdepasquale
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    Remove the limits and you will have "no limit" (funnily enough).

    Ideally, you want your users to not go over 2 GB, but we are not in an ideal world.  I have about 10 users (in different orgs) with mailboxes well over 5GB (and all using cached mode).

    >>Is there a way to enable and setup auto-archiving through group-policy to have users auto-archive onto their H: users drive based on parameters I put into group policy?

    I am going to say no - there might be, but you really don't want to do that.

    If you have the disk space - keep it in exchange.  Archiving things to PST files is quite possibly the worst thing you can do.  If you don't have the diskspace, and need a solution - have a look at GFI MailArchiver ->

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    by:Olaf De Ceuster
    Another nice way is to remove attachments from the store.
    Users can do that themselves or you can do it. You'll be amazed of how small the email boxes become and because of the automatic link to the attachment the user is none the wiser.
    I use "Outlook attachement Sniffer" but there are many others.
    Hope that helps,

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    So, how do you remove override the 2gb limit?
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    Agree with redseat to a point; however archiving becomes necessary when you want to impose mailbox size limits but ensure that certain users with large amounts of legitimate work email can archive their content when they breach the size.

    olaf, thanks for the link, its exactly what I was looking for.
    Any feedback on what might be the maximum acceptable mailsize limit when overriding the defaults and using cached Exchange mode?
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    by:Olaf De Ceuster
    You are only limited by the exchange store limit.
    Please know that big mailboxes will strain your SBS server so try to minimize.

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