Exchange 2010 mail archive

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Our company want to keep email in Exchange 2010 forever and archive it to another storage is the mailbox is full. How can we handle it ?

Will it cause a huge investment of server disk ? What's the best solution if we really want to go for it ?

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Exchange 2010 native archiving involves the provisioning of a personal archive, or archive mailbox, for end users. This is in effect just another mailbox, separate to their primary mailbox, stored in an Exchange mailbox database.

Archiving is enabled on a per-mailbox basis, and each user that is enabled for archiving requires an Enterprise Client Access License (CAL). This isn't enforced at the software level, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct number of Enterprise CALs for the number of users you intend to enable for archiving.

Yes, It will involve the disk space utilization for the Archive Mailbox. You can also go for Exchange Online Archive option or third party solutions.


Currently Exchange 2010 is an Enterprise version. Does it bundle with archiving licenses ?

To save hardware investment, can I only activate several mailboxes for archiving to Exchange cloud ? What's the maximum size of each archiving mailbox ?


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