Verify data storage location and update data retention settings for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

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During the onboarding process, a wizard takes you through the data storage and retention settings of Defender for Endpoint.

After completing the onboarding, you can verify your selection in the data retention settings page.

Verify data storage location

During the Set up phase, you would have selected the location to store your data.

You can verify the data location by navigating to Settings > Endpoints > Data retention (under General).

Update data retention settings

You can update the data retention settings. By default, the retention period is 180 days.

  1. Log in to Microsoft 365 Defender using an account with the Security administrator or Global administrator role assigned.

  2. In the navigation pane, select Settings > Endpoints > Data retention (under General).

  3. Select the data retention duration from the drop-down list.


    Other settings are not editable.

  4. Click Save preferences.