Archiving mailboxes over 2GB in size

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Email archiving
Exchange Archiving
Exchange email archiving
Microsoft Exchange mailbox
I have several users within my domain who have mailboxes over 2GB in size. These users have now left the domain and their mailboxes require archiving off the exchange server. Am I to believe that I can archive to a pst file, if so how is this possible. On the other hand if there is a better option I'm all ears! Many Thanks

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Microsoft doesn’t support PST files larger than 2GB, and they may become corrupt, so you will have to span the mailbox emails to several PST files. There are a few scripts out there that can do it, but I’ve never used them personally. To manually do it give yourself full access to their mailbox and map the mailbox in your outlook. Create a PST file and drag and drop the emails to the PST file until you get close to 2GB then create a new one.

There WAS a limitation of 2 GB archived files with Outlook 2000 and 2002(office xp), however when office 2003 was introduced the archived file became unicode and it does NOT have a 2GB limitation, it can be as large as 20GB now.
~ technochic

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  • carlosdl
    Since version 2003 of Outlook there is a new PST format that supports files bigger than 2 GB. Just select the appropriate format when creating the new PST file.
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  • Jam
    Thanks for your reply. I am using the Exmerge utility to extract the data from the exchange server to a PST file. Would Exmerge create the new format file automatically to cater for mailboxes over 2GB in size?
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  • Technochic
    That depends on what version of exchange. You have not told us either the Exchange version or the Outlook version you are working with.
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  • Greq
    the exchange is 2003 , the client is 2003 and 2007 as well
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  • Herb1230
    I had a new user Outlook 2010 on SBS 2003 32bit server. Mailbox quota 2GB and he tried to moved over 5GB of mail from his old account. I have use the Compact utility and it got it down to 3.7GB. Thin I started moving emails back to the archived folders. He mailbox is below 66MB and I still get the over quota error and the mail account is locked. Can't Send/Receive, I'm Stomped please Help.
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  • Sixball
    Try disabling and re-enabling he quota limitiation on his account - may need to be cleared out and "reset" to alleviate the error emails...
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