MS Exchange Archiving Offload

Hi
I wish to decommission our company Exchange server and transfer accounts to Cloud service.

I need advice on how best to secure / archive  historic email such that it can be accessed if necessary. This historic data will not be transferred to the Cloud service.

We are running Exchange Server 2007 on SBS2008.

I recall seeing apps some years ago that converted email to pdf for permanent archiving and would like opinion on this route - I assume it would be time consuming.

What other options are feasable given only a small percentage of historic email will ever be needed to be accessed.
Can it just be dumped to a hardisk in XML / SGML - if so waht apps would be needed to search  it ?
Is MS archive viable for long term storage - i.e. max 3-5 years.

THX

Kevin
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraConnect With a Mentor Solutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
Emails can be converted to PST from the server
Export-Mailbox

Can it just be dumped to a hardisk - Yes but preferably in PST format as it can be accessed by Outlook and Exchange anytime :)

Is MS archive viable for long term storage - i.e. max 3-5 years. ?? - If you are referring to storing PST than it depend on you MS wouldnt have anything to say on this

- Rancy
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