To archive or not

Microsoft advises against using archiving as a solution for performance issues related to Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Archiving is the process of selecting and copying records for storage away from your primary production database. In addition, the archived records are deleted from the primary production database. When database records are archived, there is an assumption that the archived records are accessible for review, if needed, some time in the future. Microsoft Dynamics CRM does not have an integrated archiving solution and does not have plans for an archiving solution in development.

This article describes the issues and considerations that may have led you to archiving as a solution to performance problems that you have been experiencing and directs you to resources to help you resolve those issues. When you have a valid business requirement to archive records, this article provides links to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 backup and restore features or third-party solutions that you can explore.

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