Standard Vs Premium Journaling In Exchange 2010…

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Exchange 2010 features two types of journaling, standard & premium. What is the difference between the two, which makes premium journaling to have enterprise user CALs? Well, the difference is in the way it is configured & the scope of the user base.

Standard journaling can only be applied on a per database level. This means that any database which has journaling enabled will have a copy of all messages that is sent & received by the users who has the mailboxes in that database. If you need to enable journaling for all users, you need to enable journaling on all mailbox databases.

To enable standard journaling, open the database properties from the EMC, navigate to “Maintenance“ tab, select the check box & define a journal mailbox.

Standard Journaling

Premium journaling comes into play when journal rules are configured. Using these rules, the scope of the user base & the message (global, external only or internal only) can be selected. This requires the mailboxes enabled for journaling to have an enterprise CAL each. To configure journal rules, navigate to Organization Configuration –> Hub Transport –> Journal Rules tab.

Premium Journaling

The snapshot below shows the different options available while creating journal rules.

Premium Journaling Options

Standard journaling is a basic, “journal all in a database” option whereas premium has the option to select the scope of the users and messages. It comes with a price though!

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2 comments… add one

  1. Anonymous

    Hello there!

    Im really interested in two things now. The first one is what backup tool is the best that support DAG(both active,passive)? It´s even hard for me to get the answers from the vendors.

    The second thing I would like to know more about is if it´s possible and whats the easiest way to get _all_ exchange logs to a remote syslogserver.

    Kepp up the good work! Love the information I can get here!

    Take care!

    Tony

  2. Hi Tony,

    Any Exchange aware backups are fine, like DPM 2010, BackupExec 2010 etc. Even Windows backup will work, but features will be less.

    Getting exchange logs to a remote server? What do you mean? A lagged copy?

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