Migration from Exchange 2007 MRM to Exchange 2013 Retention Policy

MRM which denotes as Messaging Record Management uses Retention Tag and Retention Policy to perform their operation using the Mailbox Assistant service in Exchange server 2013.

Few important points:

  • It uses MRM version 2.0 whereas Exchange 2007 hold MRM Version 1.0
  • In Exchange 2007 we have terms known as Managed Folder, Managed Folder Content, Managed Folder Policy these are no more supported in Exchange 2013.
  • As similar ManagedFolderAssistantSchedule  in Exchange 2007 Mailbox server we have workcycle for Exchange 2013 Mailbox Server
  • In Exchange 2007 SP1 when we use managed default folders we need Exchange Standard client access license Whereas on using managed custom folders then we need an Exchange Server Enterprise CAL.

Let’s make it simple and understand Exchange Server 2007 MRM …

  • To verify the MRM in Exchange 2007




  •  To schedule the mailbox folder assistance for Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server

Set-MailboxServer -Identity MailboxServer -ManagedFolderAssistantSchedule “Sun.14:00-Sun.13:00”

  •  To check the mailbox folder assistance schedule for Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server

 Get-MailboxServer -Identity MailboxServer | fl Name, ManagedFolderAssistantSchedule

  •  To applying MRM policy for user mailbox

Set-Mailbox -Identity Raji -ManagedFolderMailboxPolicy “Delete_14Days”

  • To remove MRM policy for user mailbox

 Set-Mailbox -Identity Raji –RemoveManagedFolderAndPolicy

  •  To run Mailbox Assistant forcibly for Exchange 2007 user mailbox

Start-ManagedFolderAssistant -Mailbox Raji

 Exchange Server 2013 Retention Policy

  • Migration of Exchange 2007 Managed Folder to Exchange Server 2013 Retention Policy Tag

New-RetentionPolicyTag -Name ‘Exchange 2013 Retention Tag’ -ManagedFolderToUpgrade ‘Exchange 2007 Managed Folder’

  • Adding the Retention Policy Tag to the Retention Policy

New-RetentionPolicy ‘Exchange 2013 Retention Policy’  –RetentionPolicyTagLinks  ‘Exchange 2013 Retention Tag’

  • To change the user display content of Retention Policy Tag

Set-RetentionPolicyTag “‘Exchange 2013 Retention Policy ” -Comment “This folder is under retention policy and Items in the Deleted Items folder will be automatically deleted in 14 days”

  • To applying MRM policy for user mailbox

 Set-Mailbox -Identity Raji -RetentionPolicy “Exchange 2013 Retention Policy “

  •  To apply changes for Bulk users

 $users = Get-Content C:\Scripts\migration\Phase2.csv

ForEach ($user in $users)
$Uname = Get-mailbox $user

Set-Mailbox $Uname.alias –RemoveManagedFolderAndPolicy

Set-Mailbox $Uname.alias –RententionPolicy “Exchange 2013 Retention Policy “


  •  To run Mailbox Assistant forcibly for Exchange 2013 user mailbox

Start-ManagedFolderAssistant -Identity Raji

  • To check the Work cycle of Exchange 2013 Mailbox Server

Get-MailboxServer <ServerName> | Format-List Name, *WorkCycle*

  • Checking the Retention Policy in OWA 2013: Go to the mailbox folder where the retention policy is applied. On the email you see the below view

About Raji Subramanian

Nothing great to say about me...Just want to share my knowledge for others that will be useful at any moment of time when they stuck in critical issue....
This entry was posted in Exchange 2013 Retention Policy and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s