Preparing the Journal Mailbox in Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007/2010/2013/2016

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 support two types of journaling:

Option Description
Standard journaling: This feature enables the configuration of a MailboxA directory or folder used for receipt, filing, and storing messages of emails. store that enables the recording of email in an organization. GFI Archiver can use Microsoft® Exchange Server journaling to centralize all the emails to archive in a single mailbox. This type of journaling is also called per-mailbox database journaling.
Premium journaling: Only available with the Microsoft® Exchange Server Enterprise client access license. It enables an administrator to setup custom journaling rules such as Archive only incoming emails, Archive only outgoing emails or Archive emails for a particular group. This journaling is also called per-recipient journaling. GFI Archiver utilizes this type of journaling by detecting and displaying these rules in the Data Sources Configuration Wizard.

Choosing a Journaling Method

  • Choose standard journaling to archive all emails (inbound and outbound) for all users in your organization.
  • Choose premium journaling if you want more control over the emails to archive (e.g. only for specific users or for inbound or outbound only).


Premium journaling requires a Microsoft® Exchange Enterprise client access license.

Enabling Journaling for Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016

For Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 pre-service pack 2 installations, journal mailbox creation should be created using the instructions listed in:

Installations running Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 SP2 or later can use the GFI Archiver Post-Installation wizard to automatically create the required journal mailbox.