Using PSTs to Enhance Performance

Using PSTs to Enhance Performance

In a site that has multiple servers (some top-of-the-line, others border-line) is it better to use PSTs (personal file folders)? In other words, does it enable Exchange to perform better if little-to-no mail is stored on the Exchange servers?

Repeat after me: “In an Exchange environment, PSTs are bad.”

Say it one more time for good measure!

The primary purpose of an Exchange server is to store and process messages. There’s no point in having it if you’re not going to use it. PSTs have many disadvantages over the Exchange mailboxes, not the least of which are that they’re harder to back up; they can be somewhat less reliable; they are not accessible from multiple machines (under most conditions); they take much, much more disk space to store the same amount of messages; and they are much harder for you to administer.

So, in a nutshell: no. The only appropriate use of PST files in an Exchange environment is for archive files. Let your users archive aggressively, give your Exchange servers as much RAM as possible, and try to locate Exchange on its own server whenever possible.

You might also do a careful rethinking of your site strategy and evaluate if you really need multiple servers or if you might be better off consolidating some of the users/mailboxes onto the more powerful machines.

Share the Post:
XDR solutions

The Benefits of Using XDR Solutions

Cybercriminals constantly adapt their strategies, developing newer, more powerful, and intelligent ways to attack your network. Since security professionals must innovate as well, more conventional endpoint detection solutions have evolved

AI is revolutionizing fraud detection

How AI is Revolutionizing Fraud Detection

Artificial intelligence – commonly known as AI – means a form of technology with multiple uses. As a result, it has become extremely valuable to a number of businesses across

AI innovation

Companies Leading AI Innovation in 2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been transforming industries and revolutionizing business operations. AI’s potential to enhance efficiency and productivity has become crucial to many businesses. As we move into 2023, several

data fivetran pricing

Fivetran Pricing Explained

One of the biggest trends of the 21st century is the massive surge in analytics. Analytics is the process of utilizing data to drive future decision-making. With so much of

kubernetes logging

Kubernetes Logging: What You Need to Know

Kubernetes from Google is one of the most popular open-source and free container management solutions made to make managing and deploying applications easier. It has a solid architecture that makes

ransomware cyber attack

Why Is Ransomware Such a Major Threat?

One of the most significant cyber threats faced by modern organizations is a ransomware attack. Ransomware attacks have grown in both sophistication and frequency over the past few years, forcing

data dictionary

Tools You Need to Make a Data Dictionary

Data dictionaries are crucial for organizations of all sizes that deal with large amounts of data. they are centralized repositories of all the data in organizations, including metadata such as