ILTA Whitepaper “Tech Pot Pourri – Stirring Up Something Good”
With the advent of Exchange 2010, Microsoft essentially acknowledged that personal storage table (PST) files were a poor solution for mailbox size management. Exchange 2010 provides both larger mailboxes and secondary (or archive) mailboxes that can store the larger amounts of data. Unfortunately, the secondary mailboxes in Exchange 2010 require the considerably more expensive Enterprise Client Access License. And, although these mailboxes can be housed on lower-cost storage, the storage strategies of Exchange 2010 demand more storage capacity than previous versions.
Adding to the size management challenges, there is currently no feature, tool or service that effectively finds and incorporates existing PST files or manages the content within them. Some firms or corporations are content to live with PST files, provided they know that all the files are safely stored in a single location. Recently, however, more organizations are opting to eliminate these files. The larger mailbox capacity offered by Exchange 2010 is enabling this approach, but the idea of elimination is also being driven by an increasing awareness by attorneys of the challenges and risks that PST files present. There are many technology challenges related to doing away with PST files, and these are complicated by the fact that there is no single standard methodology to follow. The file complexities, multitude of destinations, as well as the steps necessary to remove these files require the use of advanced technology and, thus, a serious commitment from the IT department.
To read the full whitepaper and find out the best steps to take when conducting a PST project click here.