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The following is Tip #15 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes."

The following is Tip #15 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes." This content is excerpted from Scott Schnoll's book, "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," brought to you by © (2004) Pearson Education, Inc. Publishing as Addison-Wesley Professional. Return to the main page for more tips on this topic.


The Exchange 2003 Archive Sink is a combination of a Visual Basic script and a companion module (DLL) file used to enable message archiving. The Archive Sink is not new to Exchange 2003 (it was also available for Exchange 2000), but it has been improved in Exchange 2003. Specifically, it includes a new feature that can save all message envelope information, including BCC recipient information (which the Exchange 2000 version could not do). In addition, the updated version fixes a bug in the Exchange 2000 version that required you to remove the sink if you wanted it to stop working. In Exchange 2003, you can disable the sink without removing it.

The script is used to copy and register ARCHIVESINK.DLL on an Exchange server, and by default BCC archiving is disabled. Once the DLL has been registered, you need to configure a registry entry and then restart IIS on the mailbox store server for the change to take effect. To enable BCC archiving, check the box labeled "Archive all messages sent or received by mailboxes on this store" on the General tab of the Mailbox Store Properties dialog of the desired mailbox stores.

For more information on using the updated Archive Sink, see the Read Me included with this tool.


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About the author: Scott Schnoll, an Expert on SearchExchange.com, is an MCT, MCSA and a long-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

In addition to writing "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," he is a co-author of the upcoming "Exchange 2003 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press" and lead author for "Exchange 2000 Server: The Complete Reference."

Scott has written numerous articles for Exchange & Outlook Magazine, and is a regular speaker at Microsoft conferences, including MEC and TechEd, as well as industry conferences such as Comdex and MCP TechMentor, where he covers topics such as Exchange, clustering, Internet Information Services and security.

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