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Exchange 2016: Is it possible setup autoarchive of the mailbox directly from Outlook in a local folder in each users' PCs?

I was wondering, instead of going around to each desk and setting this option manually, if was possible by GPO or other option in administration panel Exchange setup autoarchive for all mailbox directly in a local folder in each users' PCs ? (for example: c:\users\"username"\appdata\local\microsoft\Outlook)

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KaelYao-MSFT answered RiccardoChiappini-7815 commented

Hi, @RiccardoChiappini-7815

To my knowledge, there isn't an option to set the autoarchive feature for Outlook clients at the server(Exchange) end.

Instead, you may use GPO to enable and manage the autoarchive for users.

Here are the steps:
1.download and install the office administrative template
Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, Office 2019, and Office 2016
Office 2013 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool
2.locate the following path and set the autoarchive settings
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3.apply the GPO to uses

While by default the autoarchive path should be like "C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Outlook Files".
If you would like to change the path, you may need to also change the default pst path.
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And it would only affect the new clients, the existing clients won't be affected.


In addition, if you would like to enable and manage archive for Outlook users via Exchange server, you may use the in-place archive and the Messaging records management (MRM) features.

However, the archive mailboxes will be created and stored in the databases on the Exchange server instead of in a local folder in each users' PCs.
I am not sure if it applies to your situation.


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Hi, @RiccardoChiappini-7815

I am writing here to confirm with you how thing going now?
Did suggestions above help?

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Hi Kael, thank you so much for your support.
I haven't already the possibility to test your suggestion, because i have to install ADMX/ADML not in my Domain Controller; so is not so easy and quick make this operation.
But thank you, i see by your answer there's a realistic solution and we could really managed the AutoArchive by GPO.

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