Exchange 2016 on Prem / How can I add folders to all users from Powershell.

Bryan Adams 1 Reputation point

We want to start a retention policy of 30 days move to one folder. example a folder called 30-days. At 60 days to another folder. Example 60-days and 90 days delete.
I have the retention policy setup but i can not find a way to add the folders to all mailbox's every user for standardization.

My CEO swears his last job did it this way and he wants us to do the same.

Thanks in advance.


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  1. AlexC 246 Reputation points

    Hi Bryan,
    Your CEO is probably talking about the Managed Folders feature, which was replaced by Retention Tags and Policies in Exchange 2010.
    The only approach I see for you is leveraging EWS for automating adding a folder and applying a Tag via powershell.
    I found this for you:

    I hope this helps you a bit further and calm your CEO... :)
    KR, Alex

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  2. Bryan Adams 1 Reputation point

    Hi Alex, Thanks for the reply and the research I really do appreciate it.
    I have seen similar post but I have not been able to find the actual .ps1 file the link goes to a script repository but I have tried searching with no luck.


  3. Eric Yin-MSFT 4,386 Reputation points

    I'm afraid it's not realizable in on-premise Exchange.

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  4. Bryan Adams 1 Reputation point

    Hi Eric,
    Does that mean it is possible in the cloud version of office?

    @Eric Yin-MSFT