Exchange 2010 Journaling

We're currently running Exchange 2010 RU9 and I'm trying to develop an efficient way to journal to 2 archiving solutions.  We have an internal archiving solution that everyone in the organization needs to journal to that we refer to as are convincer archiver used to control mailbox size and another solution that is for compliance purposes.  Currently I make use of both database level archiving and premium journaling rules depending what is needed.  Is it possible to journal to a distribution list?  My thought was create a distribution list that contains both and journal at the database level for the databases that need to go to both locations?  

Is there any downside to using dynamic distribution list for journal recipients?  Currently that was what has been configured to make use of the premium journaling where we cannot journal at the database level. Moving forward I'll have the users who need to be compliance journaled within the same databases.

How can we journal to two locations or what is the most efficient method for doing this?
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Journaling to a group shouldn't be a problem.
Just ensure that it is mail enabled, has a valid email address on it and the correct membership before you enable it.

A dynamic list though is NOT a good idea.
That means for every email the server will have to run the query. That will become a significant load if your server is busy. Use a static group to keep the load down.


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georgedschneiderAuthor Commented:
Would having a dynamic group that is a member of a static group present the same issue then that every piece of mail would have to be looked up against the dynamic group membership?
Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
You don't want dynamic anywhere near this process.
A lookup would still have to take place somewhere.

I never deploy dynamic groups - I have never used them. With a correctly designed hierarchy, static groups can be just as powerful without the overhead.

georgedschneiderAuthor Commented:
I had thought I hap posted a reply to this.  My apologizes.

Couldn't a premium journal rule be used and deselecting journal messages for recipient and selecting the destination for the journal report as the internal archiving solution.  This should journal all messages organization wise.

In conjunction with this use other premium and database journal rules to journal to the external archiving solution for the users that need to go externally.

Unless I'm mistaken this should archive to both locations.
Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Why overcomplicate matters?
Premium journaling requires Enterprise CALs, whereas using a group does not.
It appears you are trying to make it more complicated than it needs to be.

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