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MC288630: Exchange online auto-expanding archive – Automatic archive of mailbox items in Purges,Versions, and Discovery Holds folders

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.

MC288630: Exchange online auto-expanding archive–Automatic archive of mailbox items in Purges,Versions and Discovery Holds folders

Affected Workloads

  • Exchange Online

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.

Message ID: MC288630
Published: 01 October 2021
Updated: 18 November 2021
Effective: November 22, 2021
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