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    Email Attachment size

    We have recently just increased our emial attachment size to 25mb - we are now being asked by the Director of our Department of all people, if we think this should be increased further and if not why not

    What quotas do other people set as for email attachment size?
    Is there an industry standard/good practice ?

    any help would be great Thanks

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    I'm not sure how we compare to others but we have ours set to 10meg. That said, files are getting bigger and this boundary is being hit more and more - I think I'll be looking to up it to 20meg to see how that goes.

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    25 Meg is pretty big! Your staff may be able to send them, but many won't be able to receive them!

    From practical experience, 10 Meg seems to be the size limit with many email providers.

    Do your staff use zip and/or compress images in documents before sending them?

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    ours is set at fifteen. Its not often people actually need to send anything bigger, but we provide an sftp server if they do

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    wouldnt it make sense with anything even remotely that big to be zipped and split over several e-mails id hate to get an e-mail with 25+ meg attachment and gmail etc limit it to 10 iirc

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    We do use zip but staff in school of arts find this is not much help with the size of files they want to send. I think the idea of sftp server is the way to go, Thanks for that.

    Anyone know of any industry standard/good practice used as our Director likes to be seen to be doing what ever the customer wants unless we can prove that it is not viable.

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    10mb.
    Anything larger and there is an area for SFTP on our webhost which all staff can upload too.

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    Must admit this is on my hmmm list for my new Exchange box and I was thinking either 5 or 10MB. Seems 10MB is common, I would maybe set it at 9.5MB not to be awkward to just ensure that there shouldn't be any issue sending to servers that have a 10mb limitation on them.

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    Ours is 10MB - I think, I'm sure that's the Exchange 2007 default, or could have been 2003 default which was kept when we migrated to 2007.......... I've no plans to increase this, 10MB seems enough for me at the moment!

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    The best reason not to go over 25mb is that it's unlikely the majority of recipients will be able to accept more than 25mb. You'll make the situation more complicated if people start getting messages bounced back after a technically successful attach and send. It's also bad etiquette to send someone massive amounts of data that their email client will automatically download, especially now people are picking up email on their phones on slow links.

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