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

Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

Use the New-RetentionPolicy cmdlet to create a retention policy.

New-RetentionPolicy -Name <String> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-Organization <OrganizationIdParameter>] [-RetentionId <Guid>] [-RetentionPolicyTagLinks <RetentionPolicyTagIdParameter[]>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

Retention policy tags are associated with a retention policy. When a retention policy is applied to a mailbox, tags associated with the policy are available to the mailbox user.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Messaging records management" entry in the Messaging Policy and Compliance Permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The Name parameter specifies the policy name.




The Confirm switch causes the command to pause processing and requires you to acknowledge what the command will do before processing continues. You don't have to specify a value with the Confirm switch.




The DomainController parameter specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller that writes this configuration change to Active Directory.




This parameter is available for multi-tenant deployments. It isn't available for on-premises deployments. For more information about multi-tenant deployments, see Multi-Tenant Support.

The Organization parameter specifies the organization in which you'll perform this action. This parameter doesn't accept wildcard characters, and you must use the exact name of the organization.




The RetentionId parameter specifies the identity of the retention policy to ensure mailboxes moved from an on-premises Exchange deployment to the cloud continue to have the same retention policy applied to them. The RetentionId parameter is used in cross-premises deployments. You don't need to specify this parameter in on-premises-only deployments.




The RetentionPolicyTagLinks parameter specifies the names of retention policy tags to be associated with this policy.




The WhatIf switch instructs the command to simulate the actions that it would take on the object. By using the WhatIf switch, you can view what changes would occur without having to apply any of those changes. You don't have to specify a value with the WhatIf switch.

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.

This example creates the retention policy Business General without associating any retention policy tags.

New-RetentionPolicy "Business General"

This example creates the retention policy Business General and uses the RetentionPolicyTagLinks parameter to associate two retention policy tags with this policy. You can enter multiple retention policy tags, separated by commas. If a tag name includes a space, enclose the name in quotation marks.

New-RetentionPolicy "Business General" -RetentionPolicyTagLinks "General Business","Legal"
The second retention tag, which is named Legal, is also enclosed in quotation marks for consistency. Values that don't include a space can be enclosed in quotation marks without any change to how the command is interpreted.