We are looking into a way to move users emails of our Exchange Server who are no longer with our company in order to retrieve space on it. Management still wants to be able to access these users emails sometime in the future. We do not want to buy a product such as GFI Extender or Symantec's product. I was thinking of doing it in the following way:
1. Logging in as the user, save the emails as .pst
2. Disabling the users in AD and deleting their mailboxes on Exchange
3. When their emails need to be accessed, create a new user, move the .pst to the desktop, login as that user and associate that .pst with this new user and then access the emails.
Is my thinking correct? Is there something else I need to do? Our environment consists of Exchange 2003 Standard and clients use Outlook 2003.