Email archiving and culling Exchange SBS 2008
Posted on 2011-03-12
We have an SBS 2008 server which receives a lot of email with large picture attachments - sometimes the pictures are upwards of 10MB big. Over the years, our exchange databases have quickly grown upwards of 60GB big, most of this we believe is picture attachments from those old emails that never got deleted.
Our server has fairly expensive SAS drives, and we only have about 100gb of space to work with, we're constantly tightening the belt with our own company data files but the constantly growing exchange database is slowly taking over the whole server, and upgrading the hard disks isn't feasable at the moment.
Is there some way to archive emails in Exchange? What kind of option are there for culling the attachments out of old archived email messages, or archiving email onto some other removable storage or elsewhere on a NAS. If we can archive old mail to another storage device, how do we view it later when we need to go back into the records?
I'm not sure what the "Microsoft" way of solving this problem is, I would appreciate some feedback!