User wants to transfer all the emails from In-Place Archive back to her inbox

IBN 4,316 Reputation points

Dear All,

Please I need your help on this issue.

I have a colleague who is having this issue. Retention policy for a User that was set up for 1-year which has been moved to archive.

Due to this reason, the User doesn't want to have the in-Place archive she wants to transfers all the emails from the In-Place Archive back to her inbox.

Do you have any possible troubleshooting steps to resolve this issue?

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  1. Joyce Shen - MSFT 16,631 Reputation points

    Hi @IBN

    You could also consider using this method: dump the archive to PST and then import the PST into the mailbox

    Following example steps will help to copy data from Archive mailbox back to mailbox.

    1.Assign permissions to the account to do data exporting:

    New-ManagementRoleAssignment -Role "Mailbox Import Export" –User "your name"  

    2.Create a shared folder with write access permission to the account and run the following cmdlet:

    New-MailboxExportRequest –Mailbox "user" -IsArchive -FilePath \archive.pst  

    3.Check the status of the operation to understand whether it is completed or not:


    4.To import the data back to the mailbox:

    New-MailboxImportRequest -Mailbox "user" -FilePath \archive.pst    

    -TargetRootFolder "Recovered emails" switch can recover to the specific folder

    A related thread discussed the similar issue for your reference here: Move Archived items to mailbox

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  1. Andy David - MVP 138.4K Reputation points MVP

    There is no automatic way to move the items back.

    So you have a few choices:

    Move the items manually from the archive to the primary mailbox
    or try Michel's script:

    oh and remove the retention policy from that mailbox if you want it to stop - or apply specific tags or labels :)

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