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Exchange 2007 Mail Archiving Options

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I have an Exchange 2007 server running at a school.  There are about 150 mailboxes.  I'm looking for a low to no cost solution for mail archiving.  I have seen several solutions out there such as mailarchiva that has a free version but it only runs on 2003 Exchange and the paid version is running a couple thousand dollars.  Someone suggested forwarding copies of all mail to an account on the exchange server but I think that would really increase the workload on my server and not be very efficient.  If anyone has some suggestions I would really appreciate it.  
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Datacove by Tangent is a "set-it-and-forget-it" solution. Not sure of the cost, though.

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We are using GFI Email Archival, one of the cheaper solutions  then other enterprise Mail archiving options. You need SQL for it though.

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Thanks a lot for all the comments everyone.  I'm currently going to check out Ian's suggestion (since free is very appealing to the school board) and see if that might work.  If anyone has more suggestions or comments about what they use, I'm all ears.  

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you could also try
http://www.mailarchiva.com/
It does have a free version and I have trialed it, only thing is it wouldnt work with exchange 2007 or 2010, if you have 2003 its great ohhh and does not need SQL

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I saw the mailarchiva and it looks great but sadly I have exchange 2007.  It would be great if they released a free version for 07/10.  

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Thanks a ton Ian.  Using the management shell to script out the pst backups works wonderfully.  I finally got a server set up to run the backups and It couldn't be easier.  

I found if you leave out the -identity switch, it will back up all mailboxes instead of having to enter each one(which is what I need).  

Also, it appends to the pst files instead of overwriting them so even if a user were to delete their entire inbox it will still be there in the backup.

 Once again, thanks for the info and I hope others will be able to use this article to make zero cost exchange backups.  

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Very good advice.  Worked out great.
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Excellent hbmonline.... It's good to know that with a litlle effort you can turn a zero cost method into a functional, workable solution.

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