Email Archiving

I have an exchange 2010 server.  How do I check whether my emails are being "archived" somewhere?
Anthony H.Asked:
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ronnypotConnect With a Mentor Commented:
To clarify, Exchange Archive mailbox does not automatically archive emails when they arive at your exchange server. The only thing what happens is it archives items from the users mailbox to the users archive mailbox on the defined retention policies and tags you created. Beside that the user can delete items from the archive mailbox manual.

So if your task is to keep all in and outgoing emails this is not an option. Alternatives could be journaling within Exchange this will store all in and outgoing emails in a mailbox you configure. Disadvantage it stores all emails from all users in one mailbox, or you have to create separate journal rules for all users and this will cost you Exchange enterprise cals for all users.

If you would like a real archiving solution you need to go for a third party product like GFI Mailarchiver, Symantec Enterprise Vault, or any other. These are real archive products, store all in and outgoing emails, users cannot delete items from the archive, have good search options, etc.
What do you mean by archived?

Is this all mail is captured when it is sent or received by your server, this could be done by journaling. There should be journal rules created at Organization configuration, hub transport, journal rules.

Or do you mean which people are using archive mailboxes, this is a separated mailbox attached to the user mailbox. You need to enable this for every single mailbox manually. To see who uses archive mailboxes you can just run the following command in the exchange management shell:  get-mailbox -archive
The Archive options are controlled by Retention policies and policy tags which can be found at Organization configuration, Mailbox
Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
What is the version of Exchange ?
Do you have any Archiving being controlled from the server end or you have Autp-archiving on users Outlook ?

Please share more details so we can try to assist you :)

- Rancy
Anthony H.Author Commented:
Exchange 2010. In this industry it's required that we keep 7 years of email history.  Is it OK to use Exchange's mailbox archive feature.
Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
It very much depends on your Organization requirements and Archiving should be set to have a Control over Mailbox size and users as well :)

- Rancy
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