Archiving & Compliance

Maximum number of In-Place Holds on a mailbox in Exchange 2013 and Office 365

Since the early days of In-Place Hold, the number floating around (and documented) is a maximum of five In-Place Holds before Exchange holds all content, but it’s incorrect. See the Updates section at the bottom of this article for the latest. In Exchange 2013 and Exchange Online, you can use In-Place Hold to place messages […]

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eDiscovery Limits and Throttling Policies in Exchange Server and Office 365

In Exchange 2013 and Exchange Online, In-Place eDiscovery allows you to search a large number of mailboxes. Although the searches are performed against the indexes built by Exchange Search, they can potentially consume significant system resources. In on-premises deployments, this generally happens in control of or with the knowledge of Exchange admins, who can and […]

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Archiving auto-forwarded messages in Exchange Online and Exchange Server

Microsoft Exchange can now preserve automatically forwarded messages if user is placed on Litigation Hold or In-Place Hold. Over the last few years, the Information Protection team has done a great job of implementing Compliance features in Exchange (and Office 365) such as Litigation Hold and In-Place Hold to preserve messages, eDiscovery to search and […]

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Issue with Symantec Enterprise Vault and Exchange 2013 fixed in Exchange 2013 CU8

Microsoft released Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 8 (CU8) yesterday. See KB 3030080: Cumulative Update 8 for Exchange Server 2013 for more details, including a list of fixes included in CU8. Symantec has documented an issue with Symantec Enterprise Vault™, Symantec’s on-premises archiving solution, and Exchange 2013 CU6 and CU7. The corresponding Microsoft KBA Symantec […]

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Disable automatic email forwarding in Office 365 and Exchange Server

Exchange Server and Exchange Online allow your users to automatically forward email to an external email address. Over the years, I’ve written about forwarding email to an external email address in Exchange, the risks of forwarding work email to personal email accounts and listing users with email forwarding enabled. Figure 1: Automatic email forwarding options […]

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Archiving in the cloud: Recover and restore Inactive Mailboxes in Exchange Online

An employee leaves the organization and your organization requires that mailboxes be preserved for a certain period, ranging anywhere from two to seven years or more, to meet business or regulatory compliance requirements, including eDiscovery. Mailbox content should be preserved and discoverable using In-Place eDiscovery during this period. Exchange Online allows you to use Inactive […]

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Change mailbox audit logging age limit in Exchange 2010 and later

In Exchange 2010 and later, you can use Mailbox Audit Logging to enable auditing of mailboxes for actions taken by mailbox owners, delegates and administrators. You can log events such as mailbox access, folder access, item access, deletes, hard deletes, moves, etc. For details, see Mailbox Audit Logging in Exchange 2013 documentation. By default, mailbox […]

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Microsoft to release PST Capture tool to search, import and destroy PST files

Microsoft has announced it will release PST Capture, a free tool to search .PST files, import them into Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange Online and (optionally) destroy the files. Exchange mailbox data is stored on Exchange servers – either on-premises in your organization’s datacenter, or in Exchange Online if you’re using Microsoft’s new Office 365 […]

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Exchange 2010 Personal Archives and Client Access

In Exchange 2010, you can provision Personal Archives for your users. A personal archive, or an archive mailbox, is an additional mailbox where users can move older messages or messages that they don’t need to access frequently but may still want to retain for a longer period. You can also apply a Retention Policy to […]

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Exchange Search: Searching Adobe PDF

Exchange Search is the little known, and mostly unappreciated feature of modern Exchange Servers— yes, we mean Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007. It’s different. It’s fast. It mostly works under the hood, without any sexy admin interfaces that would expose its features, functionality, and performance. In these days of ever-growing, large mailboxes (think 10 Gigabytes […]

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