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    hi guys,
    I have a problem with my exchange server. There is windows server 2003 R2 SP2 standard edition and running exchange 2003. In the morning I receive a message that my mailbox store is about 75 Gb, and exchange stopped. I know that for standard edition limit is 75 Gb so I start checking all mailboxes and I found there are a couple mailboxes of disabled users which are more than 6 GB each. So, is there any way to remove these mailboxes but keep them and load again if necessary. Unfortunately I cannot extract to pst because of 2 GB limitation of pst files and i don't want ot split entire mailbox to several pst files, and I cannot create another exchange server or mailboxstore (according standard edition) upgrading to eterprise edition also is not acceptable and I am really stuck in this problem. Any ideas? Is there solution or I had to delete these mailboxes 10x in advance

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    Re: Cleaning, backup or removing mailboxes

    You have ruled out all of the options available to you.
    Extracting to multiple PST files is the only server side solution available to you.
    The only other option would be to extract the content to PST files through Outlook, using Outlook 2003 or higher which supports the newer version of PST files with 20gb support.

    In both cases the disabled accounts will have to be enabled to allow access.

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    • #3
      Re: Cleaning, backup or removing mailboxes

      Apparently it is possible to use Exmerge to export larger mailboxes:
      http://theessentialexchange.com/blog...ge-server.aspx
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      • #4
        Re: Cleaning, backup or removing mailboxes

        Originally posted by borneo View Post
        hi guys,
        I have a problem with my exchange server. There is windows server 2003 R2 SP2 standard edition and running exchange 2003. In the morning I receive a message that my mailbox store is about 75 Gb, and exchange stopped. I know that for standard edition limit is 75 Gb so I start checking all mailboxes and I found there are a couple mailboxes of disabled users which are more than 6 GB each. So, is there any way to remove these mailboxes but keep them and load again if necessary. Unfortunately I cannot extract to pst because of 2 GB limitation of pst files and i don't want ot split entire mailbox to several pst files, and I cannot create another exchange server or mailboxstore (according standard edition) upgrading to eterprise edition also is not acceptable and I am really stuck in this problem. Any ideas? Is there solution or I had to delete these mailboxes 10x in advance
        If money isnt an issue upgrade to Enterprise. Would save you alot of time and headache.

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          Re: Cleaning, backup or removing mailboxes

          Originally posted by scurlaruntings View Post
          If money isn't an issue upgrade to Enterprise. Would save you alot of time and headache.
          Given you cannot purchase Exchange 2003 Enterprise any longer, and haven't been able to for some time, that would mean purchasing Exchange 2010 and using downgrade rights.
          That would also waste the licence for a superior product.

          Depending on the number of users, it may well be cheaper to purchase Exchange 2010 standard, which has effectively unlimited mailbox database size, and migrate. The cost difference (taking in to account CALs and new hardware) may not be much more than Enterprise edition, but you end up on the latest version of Exchange.

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          • #6
            Re: Cleaning, backup or removing mailboxes

            Originally posted by Sembee View Post
            Given you cannot purchase Exchange 2003 Enterprise any longer, and haven't been able to for some time, that would mean purchasing Exchange 2010 and using downgrade rights.
            That would also waste the licence for a superior product.

            Depending on the number of users, it may well be cheaper to purchase Exchange 2010 standard, which has effectively unlimited mailbox database size, and migrate. The cost difference (taking in to account CALs and new hardware) may not be much more than Enterprise edition, but you end up on the latest version of Exchange.

            Simon.
            Well done! You answered my trick question very well! Completely forgot you cant get 2003 licenses anymore. This is what happens when you spend too much time in the public sector dealing with legacy mail exchangers.

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            • #7
              Re: Cleaning, backup or removing mailboxes

              Thanks guys for answers, and I forced my boss to remove these old mailboxes and now exchange storage is 60 GB but I know this is a temporary solution, I hope, I will be able to force big boss for exchange 2007 or exchange 2010 but this time I will insist to buy enterprise, cause I really can't understand why previous management decision was to use enterprise only for front-end-server and leave back-end server standard.

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              • #8
                Re: Cleaning, backup or removing mailboxes

                Originally posted by borneo View Post
                Thanks guys for answers, and I forced my boss to remove these old mailboxes and now exchange storage is 60 GB but I know this is a temporary solution, I hope, I will be able to force big boss for exchange 2007 or exchange 2010 but this time I will insist to buy enterprise, cause I really can't understand why previous management decision was to use enterprise only for front-end-server and leave back-end server standard.
                You don't need Enterprise edition of Exchange 2007 or higher for the increased storage. The standard editions will be fine.

                With Exchange 2000, to run FE/BE you needed Enterprise edition. This was changed with Exchange 2003.
                Therefore if you have a standard and enterprise licence and the storage space, swap the licences round. Standard edition is fine for Exchange 2003 frontend.

                You will have to rebuild the frontend machine as you cannot downgrade the installation, but that is a couple of hours work. The backend can be upgraded to standard edition.

                Simon.
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