Exchange Server 2007 SP1 - Retention Policies, Backup and Archive
Posted on 2009-12-17
I'm surprised to discover how difficult (or non-straightforward) it has been to located useful information regarding mailfile retention policies specifically related to Exchange Server 2007. A couple questions:
1. After transitioning from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007, is there a place within the Exchange Mgmt Console I may look to discover any sort of default retention policy being applied to my Exchange organization?
2. Does anyone have any helpful info regarding the configuration of these retention policies?
3. What is your favorite (tested and approved) Exchange 2007-specific backup and archive solution?
Background: we are preparing to implement Mimosa Nearpoint for Exchange to archive all mail items, and I would like to ensure nothing is being removed from the system at this time. We want to keep everything and simply stick it in a big archive. We're a smaller organization that is willing to invest in storage in an effort to retain any business related information that touches the messaging system.
From a backup perspective, so far it seems Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager DPM is the system I'm looking for. I'm looking for one piece of software that can backup Exchange, Virtual Machines, AD, Sharepoint, Network File Data, and the eventual Mimosa Archive Server (or similar)
Thanks again for your time -