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This article explains how to set the deleted item retention periods for the public and private information stores and for individual mailboxes and public folders in Microsoft Exchange Server version 5.5.
When you set retention times for an individual mailbox or a single public folder, or for an entire information store, you can also specify that no items be deleted before the information store is backed up.
When you delete a message, Exchange Server marks the message for deletion but also marks it as hidden until it is permanently deleted from the information store. If you are using Microsoft Outlook version 8.03 or later, when you decide to retrieve a message before its retention expiration time, you can click the Deleted Item Recovery menu option on the Tools menu. The item is then visibly restored to the Inbox, and Exchange Server removes the mark for deletion.
To specify how long to retain an item:
Article ID: 246283 - Last Review: June 19, 2014 - Revision: 4.0
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