This article was previously published under Q241325
When you use rules in Outlook, you may receive the following error message:
There is not enough space on the Microsoft Exchange Server to store all of your rules. The rules that failed to upload have been deactivated.
To work around this issue:
Create distribution lists (DLs) to group recipients in rules, instead of using individual recipients.
Keep the number of recipients small in rules.
Keep the names of recipients as small as possible.
Each rule is made up of seven parts. The rule properties themselves represent from 400 to 500 bytes of data without the recipients. Each recipient averages about from 400 to 500 bytes of space as well, and this data is stored in the conditions and restrictions portion of the rule. Distribution lists are considered one recipient and only take up from 400 to 500 bytes of space. The total amount of space that is allowed for each folder is 32 kilobytes (KB). Out of office e-mail messages are stored as rules, so they take up space as well.
The following information is used to compile the space that is used by a rule:
Rule Sequence. The order of the rules in which this rule is fired.
Rules State. The value that determines whether the rule is turned on or off.
User State. Whether or not the user is logged on.
Provider Name. Generally the provider name is "RulesOrganizer."
Rule Name. This is stored in Unicode and ASCII.
Rule Level. Information about the version of the rule.
Rule Provider Data. Information specific to the Rules Wizard.
Conditions and Restrictions. The majority of the rule information, where size is concerned. Data from the user interface (UI) of the Rules Wizard.
Distinguished Name. This is stored in Unicode and ASCII.
Display Name. This is stored in Unicode and ASCII, and it is stored twice.
Exceptions. Exceptions to the rule.
Conditions. Conditions for the rule.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
886616 Some rules are disabled, and you receive an error message when you try to enable them after you upgrade to Outlook 2003