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(Updated) Exchange online archive–Automatic archive of mailbox items in Purges, Versions and Discovery Holds folders

From Microsoft Corporation
Technical Bulletin MC288630 · Published Oct 1, 2021 · Last updated Nov 18, 2021

Message Summary

Updated November 18, 2021: We have updated the content for additional clarity. Thank you for your feedback.

We are rolling out an update which will automatically move any mailbox items preserved in the “Purges”, “Versions”, and “Discovery Holds” folders in the primary mailbox to the archive mailbox. Customers will no longer be required to create separate policies for archiving email content in the “Recoverable Items” folders mentioned. This change does not impact the “Deletions” folder which is also part of the “Recoverable items” folder.

When this will happen:

We will begin rolling out this in mid-October and expect to complete it by end of November (previously end of October).

How this will affect your organization:

When this feature rolls out, the mailbox items in the “Purges”, “Versions”, and “Discovery Holds” folders of the “Recoverable Items” folder will start automatically moving to the archive mailbox in a period determined by the shortest of these options:

  1. Deleted items purge time configured in the tenant
  2. Configured archival policy for these folders
  3. 14 days

There won’t be any perceived experience change for customers as these folders are not visible to users.

What you need to do to prepare:

There is nothing you need to do to receive this feature update and it will not affect your existing policies. You may consider updating any training or reference material for your Exchange administrators to highlight that it is no longer necessary to create archiving policies for these folders.


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