Exchange 2007 Journal Mailbox Sizes

I have Journaling set on my Exchange 2007 Server.  There is not limit currently set on the maximum mailbox size for this mailbox.  I am concerned that the mailbox size will get too large as I have ALL mail going into this mailbox for journaling reasons. (I need to archive all of my mail, not just mail from certain users using different journaling rules.)

I need to know the best practice for archiving my "archive".  I run daily backups so getting them on tape is no problem.  I had read that one person was creating a new journal mailbox each month (October2008, November2008, etc.) and changing the pointer of the journal mailbox as each month passes.  My issue with this is that I have to then create a user in AD for this mailbox to exist.  After a year, I don't want 12 random users sitting in my AD.

I could be going about this the wrong way.  Please tell me the best practices for doing this.
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mass2612Commented:
Hi,

What your looking at here is you are really trying to do 2 different things. You want to retain data for compliance purposes which is what you are doing with journaling but you also want to archive the data. Unfortunately Exchange does not have a built in tool for archiving (that's easy to manage).

You really need a 3rd party product otherwise there are the types of difficult to manage workarounds that you are thinking about with multiple journal mailboxes or PSt exports etc. I would take a look at GFI Mail Archiver.

On email archiving
http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/10/18/429216.aspx

GFI MailArchiver for Exchange
http://www.gfi.com/mailarchiver/
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