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  • Question

  • HI All,

      I have setup New Exchange 2010 in Virtual and below configuration.  We have 300GB Archive emails in PST so what is the best way to import and give access to users?  Also how do i setup the archive.

     Exchange 2010 :

        C:(OS) 60GB

        D:(APP) 100GB

        E: (DB1) : 300GB

       F:(DB2) : 300GB

      G: (Log) : 100GB

      I: (BKUP) : 400GB

    So What is the best option?

        1. Add new Exchange VM ( Mailbox  role)

        2. Add Bigger Drive to current VM? ( 1 TB)



    Tuesday, July 10, 2012 6:07 AM


All replies

  • Hi there,


    The amount of disk space that you require typically depends on the amount of data your mailboxes have. Assuming that your disks are currently sized to support the amount of 'active' mail data, I'd suggest that you add another LUN with sufficient disk space to store the Archives on (it will at least require you 300 GB; so comfortably use 350GB or more to make sure you don't run into disk space issues).


    You don't have to add another server, unless your current server is already 'on its knees' with regards to performance. Archives - typically used less intensively - aren't that demanding. Nonetheless, if you decided to add them to your current server, make sure that you monitor resource usage!


    Not so long ago, Microsoft released the PST Capture tool. It will allow you to "search & upload" PST files into user's mailboxes or archives.


    There's a pretty nice walkthrough available here: http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2010/management-administration/microsoft-pst-capture-tool-part1.html


    Hope this helps!

    Michael Van Horenbeeck
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    • Marked as answer by emma.yoyo Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:54 AM
    Tuesday, July 10, 2012 6:34 AM
  • Hi,

     So i got 2 Database drives and they are 60% full. So When i import these 300 GB , its goes to these user mailbox  isn't it?

    I have to create 2 more Database drives and distribute the load?


    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:19 AM
  • HI,

     If i add 2 1TB VMDK will cause any performace issue to current VM?



    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:32 AM
  • Hi AS,

      G: (Log) : 100GB

    I would suggest you place the two database log stream in seperate disk.

    Understanding Exchange 2010 LUN Architecture


    So When i import these 300 GB , its goes to these user mailbox  isn't it?

    Don't you want to implement Personal Archive? If you enable the personal archive, you can import pst items to the archive mailbox directly. And you can place the personal archive mailboxes into the dedicated archive mailbox database.

    Understanding Personal Archives


    Planning for Personal Archive…


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    • Marked as answer by emma.yoyo Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:54 AM
    Thursday, July 12, 2012 3:06 AM
  • Hi AS,

    Any updates?

    Frank Wang

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, July 16, 2012 1:49 AM