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  • How to cut down the size of a freakin' huge Exchange 2007 mailbox

    So yeah I have a client that turned on journaling for their main mailstore ever since the server was put in 1.5 years ago. Unfortunately they didn't do any type of archiving so the journal mailbox is now over 700 GB in size and any searches on it run very slowly (imagine that!). They were trying to use the export-mailbox cmdlet to archive off some mail but at this point even archiving a few days worth is running in the 12+ hour timeframe. Any suggestions?

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    Re: How to cut down the size of a freakin' huge Exchange 2007 mailbox

    delete old mail ?
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      Re: How to cut down the size of a freakin' huge Exchange 2007 mailbox

      Export mailbox is going to struggle with a mailbox of that size.
      Your only option is going to be a third party tool, such as GFI Mail Archiver, but even that will probably take days or even weeks to extract the email and process it in to its own mailbox.

      Do you need to retain the email? If not then simply stop journaling and then delete the mailbox and then the mailbox store it is part of.

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        Re: How to cut down the size of a freakin' huge Exchange 2007 mailbox

        How many other users have mailboxes on the same store?
        Might just be easier to move the users to a new store and then blow this one away.


        But 700 Gb... are you sure ?
        Server class terabyte drives haven't even been out that long.

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