Archiving Terminology in Exchange 2010


Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP3, Exchange Server 2010 SP2

  • archive mailbox
    Generic term for a user's archive mailbox, whether hosted on-premises on an Exchange 2010 Mailbox server or in the cloud on Exchange Online. Archive mailboxes don’t receive inbound mail. You can't create an archive mailbox for a user without a primary mailbox.
  • cloud-based archive
    An archive mailbox in Exchange Online. For Exchange Online Archiving, a cloud-based archive is associated with an on-premises primary mailbox. Exchange Online and Office 365 customers can also have a cloud-based archive for a cloud-based primary mailbox.
  • cloud-based archive mailbox
    See cloud-based archive
  • Exchange Online Archiving
    Exchange Online Archiving is a cloud-based archiving solution for on-premises organizations running Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later. With Exchange Online Archiving, organizations can host their users’ primary mailboxes on on-premises servers while storing the historical e-mail data in cloud-based archives. To learn more about Exchange Online Archiving, see Understanding Exchange Online Archiving.
  • online archive
    The default Outlook and Outlook Web App display name for a personal or cloud-based archive mailbox. You can change the display name of an archive mailbox by using the Set-Mailbox cmdlet.
  • on-premises archive
    See personal archive.
  • personal archive
    Also known as an on-premises archive, a personal archive is an additional mailbox (called an archive mailbox) that’s enabled for a mailbox user to provide an alternate storage location in which to store historical messaging data. To learn more about personal archives, see Understanding Personal Archives.
  • primary mailbox
    An Exchange mailbox that receives inbound mail and can be cached to a user's computer when using Microsoft Outlook in Exchange Cached Mode. The primary mailbox also contains a set of default folders such as Inbox, Deleted Items and Sent Items.

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