Hold in Office 365


Topic Last Modified: 2017-08-02

Your organization may be required to retain content including email messages, attachments and documents for a specified period to meet business, legal or regulatory requirements. When a reasonable expectation of litigation exists, organizations are required to preserve electronically stored information (ESI), including email and documents that are relevant to the case, for eDiscovery. If you need to retain only mailbox content, you can use Litigation Hold in Exchange Online. To preserve mailbox content and content on SharePoint sites, OneDrive for Business locations, Office 365 groups, and Skype for Business conversations, you can use Office 365 retention policies that you create in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. You can also use holds that are associated with an eDiscovery case in the Security & Compliance Center to hold mailbox and site content for specific legal cases.

Here are links to topics that will help you learn about and use hold and retention features in Office 365.


Topic Description

Place a mailbox on Litigation Hold

Learn how to place one or more mailboxes on Litigation Hold indefinitely or for a specified period.

Overview of retention policies in Office 365

Learn about using retention policies to retain and delete content in your Office 365 organization.

Manage eDiscovery cases in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center

Learn how to create and manage eDiscovery cases in the Security & Compliance Center. This includes placing a hold on content locations related to a case.