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Exchange-How Much Space Per Mailbox Do You Provide?

By mandms7 ·
We are a smaller credit union with approximately 80 users. We run Exchange 2000 in a Windows 2000 environment. I get lots of users complaining that they don't have enough space in their mailbox. I've provided them instructions on how to archive, but most are simply too lazy to deal with it.

We allocated 200,000 KB (200 megs) for mailbox storage, and I'm wondering what you allocate per mailbox? Am I being too stingy?

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good grief

by Cactus Pete In reply to Exchange-How Much Space P ...

I would LOVE to force everyone down to 200 MB. We have no limites - one mailbox is 9 GB. We have many over the 1 GB barrier...

I always thought that 100 MB is plenty - so you're not stingy at all in my book.

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User Education

by Cactus Pete In reply to good grief

I am a little better rested now and can answer some more...

One thing to do is to let the user know that a copy of everything they have ever sent is STILL in the "Sent Items" folder. Please delete this :)

Then, have them delete everything in "Deleted Items" that is older than, say [arbitrarily] 2 months.

Next, make it a competition.. Everyone who decreases their store by X MB or Y % gets seomthign from the company, and the top Z reductions gets yet some otehr prize.

THEN put the limits on.

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Charge them

by jerry.orlando In reply to User Education

I know this is a little late, but i just joined. I run a network of 5 departments, 3 companies and 400 people. Although everything is owned by one person, every department has a budget and IT charges each department based on their usuage.

I put it to them this way. Everything has a cost associated with it. You want more storage space, then it's going to cost your department more money. When i explained it this way to the owner and the VP's, they all understood and agreed with it.

For the general users: 20mb box limit and 5mb send/receive.

For the VP's and traveling sales people: 50mb box limit and 10mb send/receive.

Although i still get the occasional gripes, it's worked out very well. But then again, i do have upper management's support. Hope this helps.


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Base it on job role and need

by LiamE In reply to Exchange-How Much Space P ...

If a user can demonstrate a need for more let em have it I say.

If on the other hand the grunts just want more room for thier MP3's and AVI's when they should be working take their quota down if they complain!

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Easy to fix this

by amcol In reply to Exchange-How Much Space P ...

No matter how small your organization nor how small your budget, good IT management practice is doing more with less. You're doing the right thing limiting mailboxes, although to another poster's point I think 100 mb is frankly more than enough.

However, this is not an issue you want to make into a battle. The cost of storage is not worth even thinking about it, and if you do have a small organization then you're not talking about a large number of users. Don't grant a blanket increase to all users, but if anyone wants more storage let them have it.

While you're at it, put some controls in place. Have the "Deleted Items" folder automatically flushed every thirty days. It's a best practice on a number of helps manage overall storage levels, and you don't keep around documents that are discoverable any longer than necessary. Train your customers to use hyperlinks instead of sending attachments. That alone will control storage creep (or gallop). Train them also to avoid the use of the "Reply All" button, the single most evil invention in the history of western civilization. Between replying to everyone in the organization when only one person needs to know, and keeping large attachments associated with these enterprise-wide distributions, e-mail systems can dim the lights. You be responsible to your customers in terms of providing good service, but get them to take some responsibility for their own behavior as well.

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email limits

by afram In reply to Exchange-How Much Space P ...

Originally there were no limits and a company of 55 people reached the 16 GB limit of email for standard exchange servers. I think the largest mailbox was 6GB. Of course, performance was slow and people complained like crazy that when they highlighted an email, it took 30 seconds to display it (GASP!)

As we moved from exchange 5.5 to 2003, I moved the mailboxes one at a time after people archived enough of their emails. The threat was that the old server had to be shut off by a certain day, and if people didn't archive by then, they would lose their email (idle threat, but effective).

I gave everyone 80MB of storage before they got an automatic warning to clean their mailbox. If it exceeded 100MB, it prevented them from sending email. I told everyone that email could not be received if their mailbox exceeded 120MB (but I never really activated that limit).

People complained like crazy that they absolutely had to have all 13 years of their email readily available at all times and that archiving was too confusing (even though it was scheduled to run automatically).

When the president asked me about it, I told him I wasn't going to work until 4am without compensation anymore to work on the mail server when there were problems, and suddenly he was happy to enforce the policy change.

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Job role and awareness of mailboxes

by ErikPaladin In reply to Exchange-How Much Space P ...

Based on the to possible sollutions above. I would like to combine them. First you need to get a profile of the users there are within this Server. Then give them limits of the Mb s of mail they can get. for instance a secretary less than a IT-manager and so on. Second give them a workshop/presentation on how to reduce the size mailboxes not only a mail how to do it. In the presentation let them see how it works and let them be more mail aware of sizes and help them to reduce the mail size. Do this with the knowledge of doing nothing wil only let to high access times in the mailbox itselves and you get another set of complaining users.

Maybe let the user control a own local folder where some of his mails are inside reduces the waiting times.

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Any Way?

by madhu150675 In reply to Job role and awareness of ...

Any way to push the mail to public folder after mailbox reaches the quota ?

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Cost of managing space

by jdmercha In reply to Exchange-How Much Space P ...

Assuming that your are placing these limts out of cost considerations. The cost of adding space is cheaper than the cost of managing it, and responding to dissatisfied useres.

On the other hand if you have technical issues, like the server can't handle more drives, or the backup can't handle that much data, then you need to place limits.

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by Hockeyist In reply to Exchange-How Much Space P ...

In my last company, a multi-national project/consulting company with 14,000 users, we had an enforced allocation of 40MB per user. I had all sorts of un-necessary problems caused by this. The IT Director said that if the e-mail was important then it was to be "dragged to the appropriate project directory (yes, that's right; out of the mail system into the file system!!). I got around this organised a CD burner for each pc locally and trained the users on PST file management/backup.

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