Mailbox limits with Exchange SP2
Posted on 2010-01-06
With Exchange SP2, what kind of problems might occur if you leave the mailbox size to unlimited? There is plenty of space on the server so that really would not be an issue for a very long time. Microsoft suggests a certian size limit be setup and I am wondering is there a specific reason other then just to conserver disk space? What type of problems would occur as these mailbox sizes increase.
The reason I ask is that I am supporting a company that left the default to unlimited mailbox sizes. Total of 25 mailboxes. It has not been an issue but my gut instinct and general best practice is that this eventually can't be good.
Right now I have one user with 5,020,098 KB mailbox size which is excessive. I have another 2 that are 3 GB or higher and 7 users that are 2 GB or more. I'm just trying to cover my end by understanding if this could be a problem on the server end eventually. In the past, Exchange didn't handle this well but that was 8 years ago and a different version.
I've recommend the users to create personal folders and to manage their folders better but it falls on a deaf ear. Their laptops are high end so the process speed has not been compromised yet when openining Outlook. If I have to recreate their Outlook profile that sometimes takes a log time.
Again any experience or insight on this issue would be great!