How does one go about deleting old e-mails earlier than a certain date?

Hello again everyone!  I hope all is well!

I am currently running exchange 2003 and my backup job for my store is taking an enormous amount of time.

I ran exmerge and converted all older e-mails into psts for later retrieval if need be.  I need to delete any messages prior to 2009.  

What are the best practices involving this matter?

Thanks in advance! =)
KupopAsked:
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HannemasterCommented:
You can configure mailbox manager policy to control mailboxes for auto purge based on age and size.
How to use recipient policies to control mailboxes in Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319188

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exTechnologyCommented:
Create a policy in the exchange server that will only keep email that are a certain amount of days old.
KupopAuthor Commented:
Thank you everyone.  Worked out great
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