Updated October 5, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Updated September 1, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
In order to improve the consistency of how retention labels and policies work in SharePoint sites, going forward retention labels published to a group-connected SharePoint site will require the retention label publish policy to select the “Microsoft 365 Groups” location. Once this change rolls out, only those retention labels published to “Microsoft 365 Groups” locations will appear within the dropdown selection menu for the corresponding group-connected sites.
When this will happen
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Rollout will start in mid-August and is expected to be complete by the end of October (previously end of September).
How this will affect your organization
Once this change rolls out, in order to see retention labels in group-connected sites, the labels need to be included in policies published to Microsoft 365 Groups locations. If you previously had retention labels that were not published to Microsoft 365 Groups and were visible for group-connected sites, these will no longer be visible after this change.
Retention labels already configured as default for document libraries and folders will not be impacted by this change and will continue to be applied as default to items per the current behavior. Items already labeled previously by this default are not affected and will continue to be labeled. When the default label is changed, only labels published to the site will be available to be selected.
Retention labels that are already applied to items within these sites will continue to stay applied, even if they are not published to the site, and are not impacted by this change.
What you need to do to prepare
If you have retention labels that are only published to SharePoint site locations and need them to be visible for group-connected sites, make sure that the Microsoft 365 Groups location is selected on the policy.
If you have retention labels that you would like to only show on non-group connected SharePoint sites, confirm that the Microsoft 365 Groups location is not selected on the policy.
Labels published to Microsoft 365 Groups will apply to group-connected SharePoint sites as well as the group mailboxes. If you do not wish to have labels available in the group mailboxes, this can be configured by using PowerShell cmdlets. Learn more here: Create and publish retention labels by using PowerShell
No action is needed to enable this change; however you may want to communicate this change to your users or team responsible for Data Lifecycle Management and Records Management at your organization.
You can access the Data Lifecycle Management and Records Management solutions in the Microsoft Purview compliance portal.
Message ID: MC405572
Published: 25 July 2022
Updated: 05 October 2022
Platform: World tenant, Online