Configuring the Quarantine Settings
Topic Last Modified: 2010-12-13
The FPSMC periodically polls the quarantine data from your managed servers and stores it in the SQL Server database. You can configure your quarantine polling settings in the Quarantine and Statistics Settings section of the Global Configuration work pane. You can also access the Quarantine and Statistics Settings section by clicking Configure Quarantine in the Exchange or SharePoint work panes. The following settings apply to both the Exchange and SharePoint quarantines.
The Polling Interval setting manages how frequently FPSMC polls the managed servers for data, including quarantined items. By default, this value is set to 15 minutes, but it can be set to any value between 15 and 1,440 minutes. Quarantine data can also be retrieved at any time by clicking Poll Now under the Quarantine and Statistics Settings section or by following the steps in the Viewing and Managing the Exchange Quarantine and Viewing and Managing the SharePoint Quarantine topics.
The Purge after (days) field specifies the amount of days a quarantined item is stored in the FPSMC database. This field can be set for any amount of days between the range of 1 and 365. The default value is five days. Once a quarantined item has exceeded the retention window, it is removed from the FPSMC database, but it is not deleted from the managed server. This retention window should not be greater than the retention policy on any of the managed servers. For more information about setting the Exchange quarantine retention policy in Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server, see Configuring automatic deletion of quarantined items (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=202865). For more information about setting SharePoint quarantine retention policy, see Configuring automatic deletion of quarantined items (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=202866).
Maximum polled records per server limits the number of quarantined items that can be retrieved per machine in a given poll. By default, this value is set at 5,000 items, but it can be set to any value between the range of 1 and 99,999. Should a managed server generate more quarantined items than the threshold limit during a given polling interval, subsequent polls will incrementally pick up the remaining quarantined items until the sync is complete, or the age of the item exceeds the retention window.
By default, spam quarantine data is not retrieved. You can enable spam quarantine retrieval by selecting the Retrieve spam quarantine data option. Note that enabling this option will increase the number of quarantined items retrieved by the FPSMC. It is recommended that if you enable spam quarantine data, you configure the Maximum polled records per server option to reflect that increase.
You can disable quarantine polling by clearing the Enable quarantine polling check box. If you disable quarantine polling, FPSMC will not retrieve new quarantine data from the Exchange or SharePoint work panes.