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Place a Mailbox on Litigation Hold

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP3, Exchange Server 2010 SP2

Topic Last Modified: 2012-07-23

A litigation hold preserves deleted mailbox items and records changes made to mailbox items. Deleted and changed items are returned in a discovery search.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Litigation hold" entry in the Messaging Policy and Compliance Permissions topic.

  1. In the console tree, navigate to Recipient Configuration > Mailbox.
  2. In the result pane, select the mailbox you want to place on litigation hold.
  3. In the action pane, click Properties.
  4. In <Mailbox> Properties, on the Mailbox Settings tab, click Messaging Records Management, and then click Properties.
  5. In Messaging Records Management, complete the following fields:
    • Enable Litigation Hold   Select this check box to place the mailbox on litigation hold.
    • Messaging Records Management Description URL   Use this box to enter the location of a Web page or document that contains more information about the litigation hold or retention hold policies in your organization. The URL is displayed in the Backstage area of Microsoft Outlook 2010. This makes it easier for users to access linked Help documents, and may reduce calls to your Help desk or Legal department by answering common questions.
    • Comments   Use this box to enter the text that you want to be displayed to the mailbox user in the Backstage area of Outlook 2010.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Litigation hold" entry in the Messaging Policy and Compliance Permissions topic.

For details about using the Exchange Control Panel (ECP) to place a mailbox on litigation hold, see Put a Mailbox on Litigation Hold.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Litigation hold" entry in the Messaging Policy and Compliance Permissions topic.

This example places the mailbox joe@contoso.com on litigation hold.

noteNote:
It may take up to an hour for the litigation hold to take effect.
Set-Mailbox joe@contoso.com -LitigationHoldEnabled $true

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-Mailbox.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Litigation hold" entry in the Messaging Policy and Compliance Permissions topic.

This example removes the mailbox joe@contoso.com from litigation hold.

Set-Mailbox joe@contoso.com -LitigationHoldEnabled $false

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-Mailbox.

After you place a mailbox on litigation hold, you may also want to create a discovery search. For detailed steps, see Create a Discovery Search.

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