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So I have been preforming message journaling on one of my exchange boxes and haven't been paying attention to it. The journal mailbox is now 40 GB... lol... good times. Outlook will not open it, any suggestions.
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try to download it to pst archive file, to archive it to be able to open it
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Outlook will not open the mailbox, neither will OWA. How can I archive it?? You cannot perform that ask either from ESM.
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try to open it through OWA and it will start downloading the messages to pst file
you can also separate the messages to many pst files
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correction
try to open it through Outlook  and it will start downloading the messages to pst file
you can also separate the messages to many pst files
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I say this with all due respect. Please read my posts carefully.
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I cannot open it, Outlook fails immediately
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It tells me that no server available.. Everyone else works fine, I know it is due to the size.
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use exmerge tool to export to pst file then login through OWA and delete all messages

the ExMerge Tool URL:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=429163ec-dcdf-47dc-96da-1c12d67327d5&displaylang=en
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ExMerge has a 2GB limit.  It will not work unless very carefully, and very messily manipulated.

ExMerge can Archive the data rather than copying it.  This will remove it from the mailbox.

What you have to do (and this is very, very ugly and will almost assuredly result in SOME data loss) is this:

1) Start ExMerge in Archive mode for the Procedure.
2) WATCH your ExMerge PST file as it grows....
3) WHILE doing number 2 (man, I love that sideways reference), ALSO WATCH the exmerge.log file by opening it in a text editor and doing refreshes (I like notepad++ for this).
4) Once you start to see rapid growth of errors in the log file, cancel the ExMerge process.
5) Rename the file you created (it is generally username.pst) and repeat the process until either
     A) Your mailbox is empty -or-
     B) Your mailbox is small enough Outlook can open it

It sucks to be where you are.  Sorry.

DrUltima
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I am going to be doing a lot of number 2 after this process starts.... lol
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Don't expect to do it in one sitting... It will just take too long...  You can use the ExMerge.ini file to manipulate the date range, so by doing it in small date chunks you might be able to avoid that mess, but I can't remember the settings.  Sorry.

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What if you installed the trial of GFI Mail Archiver and got the mail out that way.. just a thought
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but what if after the license expired, you could dont open your messages
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Once in the archive you can export back out to PST can you not.
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That could all be done within the 30 day trial, only a thought.
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it-pro, does it archive directly to a pst file or eliminate the need for a pst file? I am reading a little on there site.
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It downloads the mail from the journal mailbox directly to a  firebird or SQL database you can then export out to PST or keep using Mailarchiver.
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Thanks guys for your help...
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