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I am migrating a 1500+ mailbox Exchange 2003 server to 2010.  The 2010 server has a maximum message size of 50 MB, that administration does not want to increase.  I've migrated over 200 mailboxes thus far, with about a 20% failure rate due to oversized messages.

Is there a way to search ALL mailboxes on my Exchange 2003 server for messages over a certain size limit?
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Question by:ColdKathleen
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by:Tony Giangreco
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How about using the Exchange message tracker and add the specific criteria to the search interface. It should provide a list of email mesages exceeding your limitation.
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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I guess you want to get the User Mailbox size and what is the current limit of Exchange 2010 DB ?

Get-WmiObject -Namespace "ROOT\MicrosoftExchangeV2" -Class Exchange_Mailbox -filter
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320071

PowerShell - list Exchange 2003 mailbox information
http://www.blkmtn.org/powershell-list-exchange2k3-mb-info

Script - Exchange 2003 Mailbox Size
http://cbfive.com/blog/post/Script-Exchange-2003-Mailbox-Size.aspx

Exchange 2003: Returning mailbox sizes
http://www.indented.co.uk/index.php/2008/10/28/exchange-2003-returning-mailbox-sizes/

http://get-scripting.blogspot.in/2008/07/exchange-2003-wmi-and-powershell-part-1.html
Get-WMIObject -namespace root\MicrosoftExchangeV2 -class Exchange_Mailbox -computer ExchangeServerName | sort-object MailboxDisplayName | format-table MailboxDisplayName,Servername,StorageGroupName,StoreName,Size

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by:ColdKathleen
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@rancy - I guess you want to get the User Mailbox size and what is the current limit of Exchange 2010 DB ?

Actually, I can find either of these fairly simply.   What I need is to find the maximum message size per mailbox.  Any ideas on that?
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by:ColdKathleen
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@TG-TIS - How about using the Exchange message tracker and add the specific criteria to the search interface. It should provide a list of email mesages exceeding your limitation.

I don't see an option to add message size in the 2003 Message Tracker, and in the 2010 Message Tracker, I have to specify a mailbox.  (this is really a horrible limitation on the Tracker tool in 2010, IMHO).
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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Maximum message size per mailbox ? Do you mean the Quota or the Message Limit ?

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by:ColdKathleen
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What I'm looking for is a way to find out what the biggest message is in each of my mailboxes.  I am not looking for a limit, I am looking for the largest message in each of the individual mailboxes.  

Alternatively, I would like a list of all messages over 50 MB, or all mailboxes with items > 50 MB.  

I know the 2010 limits, and I know the 2003 limits.  Unfortunately, sometime in the past the 2003 server ran for a couple of years with larger limits than management (my boss) has imposed on the 2010 server.  This means that I'm getting a HUGE number of mailboxes that won't migrate to 2010, without intervention.  

And, no I cannot simply up the number of errors encountered before the migration fails.  There is too much risk that something valuable may be lost.
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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Cool got it you want any email in any folder in user mailbox if above 50MB or something of that sort ..... you will need some VBA or other script to achieve this

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by:ColdKathleen
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I figured as much, but I can't seem to get PS to cough up the information I'm looking for.
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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Shell doesnt gives you email by email data so thats difficult and only way is through some Scripting that can check mailbox level stuff

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ColdKathleen earned 0 total points
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I found a way to do this through our archive system.  It's clunky, but it works.

Thank you for your thoughts on this on.
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by:ColdKathleen
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Couldn't find a way without scripting this, and realized that our Archive system can search on message size, so I'm using that instead.
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