Hold in Office 365


Topic Last Modified: 2016-04-20

Your organization may be required to preserve or archive 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 that's relevant to the case, for eDiscovery. If you need to preserve only mailbox content, you can use In-Place Hold or Litigation Hold. To preserve mailbox content and content on SharePoint and OneDrive for Business sites, you can use the eDiscovery Center in SharePoint Online. To preserve all content in your Office 365 organization, including content in mailboxes, public folders, and SharePoint and OneDrive for Business sites, you can use preservation policies that you create and manage by using the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.

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


Topic Description

In-Place Hold and Litigation Hold

In-Place Hold allows you to search and preserve messages matching query parameters. Litigation Hold preserves all mailbox content. Both protect messages from deletion, modification, and tampering. You can preserve messages indefinitely or for a specified period.

Create or Remove an In-Place Hold

Learn how to create and remove an In-Place Hold and add or remove users from the hold.

Place a mailbox on Litigation Hold

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

Place all mailboxes on hold

Learn about the right hold feature to use to place all mailboxes in your organization on hold and how to place all mailboxes on hold for a specified period.

Add content to an eDiscovery case and place sources on hold

Learn how to use a case in the eDiscovery Center in SharePoint Online to place content in mailboxes and sites on hold.

Overview of preservation policies

Learn about using preservation policies to place a hold on mailboxes, public folders, and sites. You can create a preservation policy that holds content indefinitely or for a specific duration. You can also preserve specific content based on a keyword query, a date range, or other search criteria.

Create a preservation policy

Learn how to create, edit, and delete a preservation policy.