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    Comments on Archiving Solutions?

    When Outlook 2003 lifted the 2GB cap on local files, it seemed that the idea of sneaking mail out of the Exchange message store into an archive might be obsolete. However, exponential mailbox growth and legal requirements for e-discovery have made archiving solutions hotter than ever.

    Due to massive mail stores, I am starting to evaluate archiving solutions. These can easily run upwards of $20,000, and many require SQL Server at additional cost. Thus, I would like to find some solid feedback on which ones are worth considering, and which ones are more trouble than they're worth.

    Does anyone have any favorable or unfavorable comments on a solution they've tested that you could share? Thanks.

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    Re: Comments on Archiving Solutions?

    I use the Exchange Mailbox add-on to BackupAssist - but we have only about 25 email users without huge quantities of daily mails, This may be insufficiently complex/scalable for your purposes, but the merits are its cheapness and that it backs up to individual user PSTs by month, quarter or year...
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    Re: Comments on Archiving Solutions?

    Thanks, BATcher. It looks like a reasonably priced backup solution. I'm looking for something a little different. The typical approach of most of these products is to copy the message out of the user's mailbox into a separate store, and then edit the message in the mailbox to leave only a "stub," or shortcut, which is somehow linked to the archive. This reduces the physical amount of bytes in the mailbox without the user losing access to the messages themselves. (There is at least one solution which does not leave stubs and instead provides a separate search mechanism, but if we place a lot of emphasis on the goal of seamlessness, then that approach is less attractive.)

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    Re: Comments on Archiving Solutions?

    Can't give you any direct experience but Email Archive and Storage has several listed. GFI is fairly well known and does not seem terribly expensive.

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    Re: Comments on Archiving Solutions?

    Another information source - Archiving Tools for Exchange Server.

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    Re: Comments on Archiving Solutions?

    Jefferson

    The Exchange Mailbox add-on to Backup Assist doesn't mess with the original messages at all - it simply copies them on a daily basis. If the user deletes a mail message, it will still be in the backup (unless, of course, it was deleted on the same day, and never made it to the backup!).
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    Re: Comments on Archiving Solutions?

    Of course then you can recover deleted items
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