Applies to: Exchange Server 2013

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Use the Remove-RetentionPolicyTag cmdlet to remove a retention tag.

For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Syntax.

Remove-RetentionPolicyTag -Identity <RetentionPolicyTagIdParameter> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

This example removes the retention tag Finance-DeletedItems.

Remove-RetentionPolicyTag -Identity "Finance-DeletedItems"

Retention tags are added to a retention policy, which is applied to a mailbox.

When you use the Remove-RetentionPolicyTag cmdlet to remove a retention tag, it removes the tag definition stored in Active Directory. The next time the Managed Folder Assistant runs, it processes all items that have the removed tag applied and restamps them. Depending on the number of mailboxes and messages, this process may result in significant resource consumption on all Mailbox servers that contain mailboxes with a retention policy that includes the removed tag.

For more information about retention tags, see Retention tags and retention policies.

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 Identity parameter specifies the name of the retention policy tag.




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.




This parameter is available only in on-premises Exchange 2013.

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




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.