Move a Users Mailbox to a Public Folder in Exchange 2007


I have an Exchange Server (2007) running on Server 2008.

An area of our company uses a "user mailbox" to store every email correspondence with clients as a central store.

This mailbox is then added to each of the users that need to access it so they can view / add emails to it.

However recently issues have been arising to emails disappearing once "dragged across" and I have noticed the size to be approaching approx. 18GB.

Now I am looking on some advice to the best way to make this into a public folder.

Is it as simple as extracting the mailbox and adding it as a public folder or is there another way around it ?

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Manpreet SIngh KhatraConnect With a Mentor Solutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
You mean a single PF of 18+ GB that isnt a good idea as well ..... why dont you have the mailbox Autoarchived to some PST every 6 months or so ?

- Rancy
ict-torquilclarkAuthor Commented:
No to be honest I thought this as well.

They need constant access to all the emails in the mailbox so how could I get all users to access the archive at the same time?
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
You should either use archiving tool like EMC Source One or Enterprise Vault or move to 2010 Exchange server and use 2010 Archiving feature.

Another option is to use journal mailbox. So emails are saved in your journal mailbox.
ict-torquilclarkAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the advice.

We are looking to move to Exchange Server 2013 before the year is out so I just could do with a temporary solution.

Would dated archives e.g all emails from 2010 , 2011 as public folders do the trick ?
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
Do you have any other site for PF replication, moving data to PF might create replication issue.
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