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    Hi,

    I have a client that is opening a new satellite office and there will only be about 10 users moving to this new site. There will be a vpn connection between the offices. I noticed that the users have huge mailboxes. I mean, one user has around 30gb worth of emails sitting on the exchange server. It also appears that they are not using cache mode either.

    So how bad is it going to be when these users move to the new location and start up their outlook. The upstream is only 1mbit. Should I enable cache mode at the minimum? I wish the users would delete emails but at this point they are saying no.

    I'm close to telling them that they might need to just use OWA , but I know they won't accept that.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    Re: setting up a satellite office via vpn

    I would use terminal services.
    The speed will not be an issue with TS, all the data is local. That isn't just mail, but files etc. Costs from a support point of view are small, because you just put a pile of thin clients in there. A spare thin client can be located there as well.

    If you insist on using local clients, then cached mode is going to be mandatory. Running Outlook live over anything less than a full LAN connection is tough.

    However, the maximum you can have in cached mode is 20gb. Therefore that user with a 30gb mailbox needs to have a cleanout. I wouldn't be surprised if there are a number of very large items in there - ISOs for example or multiple versions of certain files - which are not required.

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    • #3
      Re: setting up a satellite office via vpn

      The user has a lot of photoshop and illustrator files. The terminal server is a good recommendation however, since the users are designers they'll want as much color accuracy as possible.

      Would advice setting up another exchange server at the satellite office and move their mailboxes there? They bought a server for the new place for all their data files.
      Last edited by diginet; 9th December 2008, 01:35.

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      • #4
        Re: setting up a satellite office via vpn

        It would have helped if you identified the industry type. The solution for this type is going to be very different to a sales type solution.

        First thing you are going to have to do is work with them to reduce the mailbox stores and develop a way of moving large files around that does not involve email. Email is a poor file transport system. Yes it is convenient to the users, but that is all. Almost certainly that mailbox will have many versions of the same file which will need to be cleaned out.

        In this scenario, a separate Exchange server in the same Exchange org is probably going to be the best solution. Set it up on the same LAN as the current server and replicate the public and system folders to it. Once that is done, move the mailboxes and reconfigure Outlook to point to the new location. Then physically move the server (after taking a backup of course).

        1mb upstream is something I can only dream about, unless I want to pay large amounts of money.

        Simon.
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        • #5
          Re: setting up a satellite office via vpn

          Thanks. I'll discuss with them if acquiring another exchange is acceptable.

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