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Is there a way in Exchange 2007 to limit bandwidth for Outlook clients RRS feed

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  • We have several sites in our environment with a few centralized Exchange servers.  It there a way to limit bandwidth to the Outlook clients when a computer is first setup.  The issue we have is some users have large mailboxes, but work at sites with low bandwidth.  The user is running in cached mode. So when they get a new computer they download all their messages again.  Is there a way to limit this download even if it takes longer it would be better then maximizing our bandwidth to that site.

    Friday, June 18, 2010 3:32 PM

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  • This is a function your firewall needs to do. Many newer firewalls will allow you to apply bandwidth management and/or traffic shaping, so that for example you can limit Exchange traffic to 20% of total bandwidth (or some other number). I know the Sonicwall range will do a basic version of this.

    There are also specific WAN accelleration devices which will speed up all sorts of access for you, as well as applying effective bandwidth management. They are well worth the investment if you are having this kind of problem.

    Cheers,
    Ben

    • Proposed as answer by Benhaha Friday, June 18, 2010 4:08 PM
    • Marked as answer by Richard Wang - MSFT Monday, June 28, 2010 9:41 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by JamesRead Friday, May 20, 2011 11:35 PM
    Friday, June 18, 2010 4:07 PM
  • If your mailbox is large you could Download Headers Only in outlook.

    You are working with a copy of your Exchange mailbox saved on your computer, and the copy is being regularly synchronized with the Exchange server. Outlook downloads headers only. The full item, including attachments, is available on demand when you preview or open the item. Use this setting when you want the amount of data transferred between Outlook and the computer running Microsoft Exchange Server to be as small as possible.

    Outlook>click Connected to Microsoft Exchange>Select Download headers and clear Download full items>

     

    Thanks


    Your expertise never fails to impress!

    • Proposed as answer by Benhaha Thursday, June 24, 2010 2:00 PM
    • Marked as answer by Richard Wang - MSFT Monday, June 28, 2010 9:41 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by JamesRead Friday, May 20, 2011 11:35 PM
    Tuesday, June 22, 2010 3:02 AM
  • Another, possibly better answer, is to deploy an exchange server at each site. That's why Exchange supports multiple sites after all!

    Cheers,

    Ben

    Thursday, June 24, 2010 2:01 PM
  • We have over 90 sites.  So creating an Exchange server at each site would not be an option.
    Monday, January 17, 2011 6:00 PM