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kunzie 
8/9/08 7:35:26 PM
Immortal

Hey all. I've been employed as a Systems Analyst for a company here in the UK and my first on-site job is taking care of a smallish (40-50 users) network running XP/Vista/OS X 10.4/10.5+ They're running an exchange server and some of the users login remotely to access their email.

I've set up an archive folder on server2 for each user, however the mail server is server1. Is it possible to direct the archive folder to server1 so the users can access all the stuff I've put in the archive?

Thanks :D

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Leaflet 
8/9/08 8:38:55 PM
Overlord


Hi Kunzie, how is the land of eng treating you?

How are these people remote accessing exchange? OWA? OMA? RPC over HTTP?

What are the archive folders for? Users PST's?

Cheers

Leaflet

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kunzie 
8/9/08 9:10:25 PM
Immortal

Everything's good over here... but I'm trying to not look noob :(

HTTP I think. They use a web browser and log in. When they log in, they "pretty much see what they do in the office". So they'd be looking at their standard email tree I guess.

Archive folders are to be put in place to take the stress off the main mail pst file. So each user will have user.name_COMPUTER-NAME in the common drive of server #2. I'm then going to educate them to move _some_ of their emails to this. This folder will obviously get backed up as per the rest of the drive.

Some of the users are approaching ~6GB IN THEIR INBOX!@!@#!@#

I've found the login scripts.. not sure if this has anything to do with it.

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freakonaleash 
8/9/08 9:15:10 PM
Champion

Hey, not 100% sure if this would work, but what about "archiving" the emails and just pointing the machine to archive to folder on server 2. i think u would need VPN for that though. you might be able to link a PST file into a exchange folder.

will have a play toniht.

EDIT: had a quick look. i can add a PST file in outlook and put it as a folder in my exchange progile. i can then access this file in OWA.

You should be able to creat a PST file on server 2, then link this to a folder on the exchange profile... although i dont know if this adds the files to the exchange mailbox size..


Edited by freakonaleash: 8/9/2008 9:17:37 PM

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Leaflet 
8/9/08 9:20:37 PM
Overlord

Sorta kinda dude...

Freak proved me wrong...

Sounds like you need to look into some archiving solutions (try GFi)

What kind of server you dealing with. Can you add drives (with redundancy of course!) so don't have to worry about space so much

Cheers

Eric



Edited by Leaflet: 8/9/2008 09:21:51 PM

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kunzie 
8/9/08 10:21:21 PM
Immortal

Freakonaleash: how do I link the exchange pofile? Bear in mind that each user has their own individual .psts now as well as the main mail store.

Leaflet: Windows SBS. IBM Servers. Not sure if I could add extra drives (I'm sure I could though). The Apple server has RAID I know that much... but that's a whole 'nother story.

All I know is that each server has about 90gb free and the mail store is ~80gb which is bad in anyone's dictionary.

Suggestions on possible hardware upgrade in the form of a RAID box (gigabit)?? Is that what you're thinking?

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Leaflet 
9/9/08 9:52:02 AM
Overlord


50 users and 80Gb Store... not bad :/

Things I would do.

Old users? Archive their mail off to PSTs and delete their exchange accounts.

If there is no old users on the servers, I would start looking into a small SAN/NAS solution, and an Archiving solution.

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bastard 
9/9/08 10:43:09 AM
Titan

Quote by freakonaleash
Hey, not 100% sure if this would work, but what about "archiving" the emails and just pointing the machine to archive to folder on server 2. i think u would need VPN for that though. you might be able to link a PST file into a exchange folder.

will have a play toniht.

EDIT: had a quick look. i can add a PST file in outlook and put it as a folder in my exchange progile. i can then access this file in OWA.

You should be able to creat a PST file on server 2, then link this to a folder on the exchange profile... although i dont know if this adds the files to the exchange mailbox size..


Edited by freakonaleash: 8/9/2008 9:17:37 PM



Are you sure that is going to work? The location of the PST is stored usually in the Outlook mail client profile, not on the Exchange server. You might want to double check that you haven't accidentally imported it into your mailbox store on the exchange server.


Anywho, if it isn't working then have a look at this:

http://www.everywherenetworks.net/owa-pstway.php

Never tried it but it should do what you want.

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