Office 365 Recovery and Retention Summary – Archiving

This installment of Office 365 Recovery and Retention focuses on Archiving.

According to Microsoft, “…Exchange Online Archiving is a Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based, enterprise-class archiving solution for organizations that have deployed Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 (SP2 and later), or subscribe to certain Exchange Online or Office 365 plans. Exchange Online Archiving assists these organizations with their archiving, compliance, regulatory, and eDiscovery challenges while simplifying on-premises infrastructure, and thereby reducing costs and easing IT burdens.”

This table shows an example of the default retentions tags that can be applied to a specific mailbox or folder:

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Archiving Features:


Exchange Online Archiving for Exchange Server

Archive mailbox


Move messages using Archive policy


Importing data to the archive


Deleted item recovery


Deleted mailbox recovery


Mailbox backup



Enable Archive for a Particular Mailbox:

Go to Exchange Admin Panel > Recipients > Mailboxes > Select Mailbox > Edit > Mailbox Features > Click on Enable under ‘Archiving’

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