How to archive employee's mailbox after they quit?

We want to keep an archived mailbox after an employee leaves the company. In the past we would export his/her mailbox to a PST file. But now with the Personal Archive feature we should be able to simply move his/her mailbox to an archive database instead of a PST file. But the question is, would that still consumes one CAL? What is the best method for archiving former employee's mailbox?
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Maybe overly simple, but if you select one message in the mailbox, select ctrl A, you can just drag them into a regular folder anywhere you choose.
Iamthecreator OMIT Admin/EE Solution GuideCommented:
Yes, it will need an enterprise CAL.
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
short of buying enterprise CALs for non-existent users, either export to a pst file or you could create a separate database and move the mailbox there instead of an archive database
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CastlewoodAuthor Commented:
We do have proper enterprise CALs in place but you don't want to keep former employees' mailboxes in Archive database which would still keep occupying the CALs, correct?

I like your idea of moving the mailbox to a separate db but doing that you still cannot spare his/her CAL, can you?
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
if you are worried about CALs, then just export to pst

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CastlewoodAuthor Commented:
So there is no way to keep the former employee's mailbox in Exchange db without occupying a CAL? It doesn't sound logical.
Look, eventually we would delete this former employee's AD account so his mailbox will be "disconnected' from an AD user. Is it possible?
If not, can you guys share what you usually do to deal with a former employee's mailbox?
Jeff GloverSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
Once you delete the user, then the mailbox will automatically be deleted according to the settings for Deleted Mailbox retention (set for the database. 30 days by default). In theory, you can set it to keep disconnected mailboxes up to 165 years.  Although it says Archive, it is not really for that. It is so a user can keep mail for a long time without their mailbox getting unmanageable. Really, going the pst route is the best way. You don't have to worry about excess database size. That is what we do. We keep disabled accounts for 90 days, then export the mailbox to pst and store it on our SAN. 30 days later, mailbox gone.
CastlewoodAuthor Commented:
the need of CAL is always a concern so PST is the way to go.
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