How to Create a document Library/Archive in Exchnage 2016

We recently moved from IceWarp to Exchange 2016 and were missing a key feature, Document  Library/Archive,  seems there no native way to do this in exchange, I may be wrong as it is pretty much standard in another collaborative mail systems I have installed.

Can this be done within Exchange 2016, if so how, if not what is the way forward,  I would love to avoid the SharePoint SQL route, that just seems like overkill for an organisation of only 12 users.
Peter AtkinAsked:
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Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
I'm glad my advice about looking at a OneDrive subscription is working out.  It seemed like you had dismissed it at the time.
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Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
Exchange is an email service, not a collaboration system.  It does not have a native mechanism for file services.  You can archive email messages with attachments to public folders.

I would suggest an Office 365 plan.  If you only need file services, you can get stand-alone OneDrive.  Business Essentials and Business Premium would give you the full suite of collaboration and business tools.
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Peter AtkinAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Allen, however, that really not what I am looking for,a document archive in exchange is our need, and would go hand in hand with oos (Online Office Server).

MS says we need SharePoint fine, but after 3 weeks of fiddling with SharePoint were still nowhere nearer, its odd that so little relevant information is out there on this subject.
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Walter CurtisSharePoint AEDCommented:
Allen is correct, there is no such thing as a document archive  in Exchange, although public folder (which may no longer exist) certainly can be used as a quasi document management system. I have seen it often used as one.

SharePoint foundation 2013 is a free product that shouldn't take you more than a few hours to get up and running and it will have all the document management tools you could ever need, including document archiving. SharePoint 2013 standard of course does more, but it is not free costing several thousand dollars.

As far as documentation, go to Technet and you will find hundreds of article about all versions of SharePoint.

Hope that helps...
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Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
Peter,

Unfortunately, Exchange will not give you what you need -- a document archive within Exchange.

Which licenses do you have for Office online services (Office 365)?

Creating a document archive/repository in Sharepoint is fairly straight forward.  Depending on your o365 license, you can setup a  hybrid environment and integrate the file space into Exchange using Groups or Teams.

-- Allen
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Peter AtkinAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I am still making my way through TechNet. if SharePoint is the only route to go, are there any basic but complete guides, I have setup SQL 2016 and Sharepoint 2016 and quite happy with that but I no idea how to get Exchange to link with SharePoint in the required manner.

All im looking for at this stage is a public folder that can be used to as a document repository that allows a 4 tier structure with a basic permission structure, I know SharePoint can do more, but right now my needs are simple.
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Peter AtkinAuthor Commented:
Just as an update, looks like we have found our solution fileway, this seems to fit our needs as well as our clients.
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Peter AtkinAuthor Commented:
after all that, seems fileway will no longer work, Exchange no longer supports webdev :(, so no looking at a one drive solution.
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Walter CurtisSharePoint AEDCommented:
Good luck...
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Walter CurtisSharePoint AEDCommented:
This was your question:

Can this be done within Exchange 2016, if so how, if not what is the way forward,  I would love to avoid the SharePoint SQL route, that just seems like overkill for an organisation of only 12 users.

Your questions was answered correctly. To say "Pointless information", "No useful information or insight", "add no value" is not valid in my opinion. Just because you don't like the answer doesn't mean the information has no value. At least a recognition of the time and effort to try and assist you could be recognized...
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Peter AtkinAuthor Commented:
Hi Walter Curtis, I meant no disrespect, this question had no answer that relates to my question and is therefore misleading and confusing, Exchange can be set up to link with SharePoint to offer such functionality, Indeed Microsoft suggest that is the way to do it, however, no information was given as to how to do that or even where to look, since then I decided on integration with OneDrive, im nearly there.
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Walter CurtisSharePoint AEDCommented:
Thanks for the reply. Glad you found a good solution, One Drive is pretty cool.

No complaint from me about deleting the question.

Have a good one...
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Peter AtkinAuthor Commented:
Thanks it was something we were looking at but dismissed due to complexities, but now I have a good idea where I failed, not sure how it will pan out but im 90%.

I'm making complete notes step by step and once it down I will put them up freely, it will be an A-Z for people who work with windows but aren't Exchange-centric, in hindsight, I would never go Exchange but make your bed and sleep in.
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Walter CurtisSharePoint AEDCommented:
Information provided is accurate.
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