Huge journaling mailbox in Exchange 2010


I have a journaling mailbox for my company to keep all sent and received emails. It runs inside its own database within Exchange 2010 but its getting extremely large (256gb)

What is the best way to archive the db?

timb551IT ManagerAsked:
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Depends what you want to do with it.
What I have always done though is ask the client to purchase a third party tool or service. That could be something on premise like GFI Mail Archiver or one of the many cloud solutions.
They will then query the mailbox, suck out all of the data and empty it for you. May take a while.

Otherwise you are looking at a multiple pass of export mailbox, probably on a date basis, to PST files However that isn't a very long term solution, as PST files will break. They are also impossible to search properly, not supported on network shares and generally a poor solution.

If you are in an industry that must keep the content, then you need to invest in a product to do that for you.
If you are not in an industry that requires the content to be kept, consult with the company lawyers to ensure that you don't have to keep it, then follow their advice (which will almost certainly be to NOT keep it).


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timb551IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
ill speak to GFI sales and get some more info on the product.

I agree about the pst route not something i fancy managing.
timb551IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
No ideal solutions with built in products so going down the 3rd party route
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