Where should I install GFI Archiver?

Install GFI Archiver on any machine that meets the system requirements and is part of a domain. Before proceeding with the installation, first consider the details listed below:

Consideration Description
Email volume on your servers

Installing GFI Archiver on a mail server where a high volume of emails is received and processed will invariably put more load on server resources. This can cause these servers to become unresponsive and not process mail in a timely fashion.

Hardware and software specifications of your servers The hardware and software specifications listed in the System requirements section above should be considered to be over and above the requirements of other software installed on the same server. Servers which are nearing their capacity in terms of resources should not be used to install GFI Archiver.
Need to archive email from multiple sources concurrently

Installing GFI Archiver on a server which is not granted access to multiple sources creates a problem in the centralization efforts of email data archival.

  • If all of the above details are considered not to be of significant issues then you can consider installing GFI Archiver on the mail server.

For example:

If you need to archive items from one Microsoft® Exchange Server, and the server is handling the email flow on your network and still has spare processing capacity, then you can consider installing GFI Archiver directly on the Microsoft® Exchange Server machine.

  • If you want to archive items from multiple Microsoft® Exchange Servers using IMAPInternet Message Access Protocol, it is recommended that you install GFI Archiver on a separate server.
  • GFI Archiver does not require a dedicated machine when it is not installed on the mail server.
  • GFI Archiver can be installed in the following virtual environments:
    • VMware®
    • Microsoft Hyper-V® Server


Ensure that access to the server where GFI Archiver data is stored is restricted to authorized persons only.