Set up a connector to archive Workplace from Facebook data
Use a Veritas connector in the Microsoft Purview compliance portal to import and archive data from Workplace from Facebook to user mailboxes in your Microsoft 365 organization. Veritas provides a Workplace from Facebook connector that is configured to capture items from the third-party data source (on a regular basis) and import those items to Microsoft 365. The connector converts the content such as chats, attachments, posts, and videos from Workplace to an email message format and then imports those items to user mailboxes in Microsoft 365.
After Workplace data is stored in user mailboxes, you can apply Microsoft Purview features such as Litigation Hold, eDiscovery, retention policies and retention labels, and communication compliance. Using Workplace from Facebook connector to import and archive data in Microsoft 365 can help your organization stay compliant with government and regulatory policies.
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Overview of archiving Workplace from Facebook data
The following overview explains the process of using a connector to archive Workplace data in Microsoft 365.
Your organization works with Workplace from Facebook to set up and configure a Workplace site.
Once every 24 hours, items from Workplace are copied to the Veritas Merge1 site. The connector also converts the content of these items to an email message format.
The Workplace from Facebook connector that you create in the compliance portal, connects to the Veritas Merge1 every day, and transfers the Workplace items to a secure Azure Storage location in the Microsoft cloud.
The connector imports the converted items to the mailboxes of specific users using the value of the Email property of the automatic user mapping as described in Step 3. A subfolder in the Inbox folder named Workplace from Facebook is created, and the Workplace items are imported to that folder. The connector does this by using the value of the Email property. Every Workplace item contains this property, which is populated with the email address of every chat or post participant.
Before you begin
Create a Veritas Merge1 account for Microsoft connectors. To create this account, contact Veritas Customer Support. You will sign into this account when you create the connector in Step 1.
Create a custom integration at https://my.workplace.com/work/admin/apps/ to retrieve data from Workplace via APIs for compliance and eDiscovery purposes.
When creating the integration, the Workplace platform generates a set of unique credentials used to generate tokens that are used for authentication. These tokens are used in the Workplace from Facebook connector configuration wizard in Step 2. For step-by step instructions about how to create the applications, see Merge1 Third-Party Connectors User Guide.
The user who creates the Workplace from Facebook connector in Step 1 (and completes it in Step 3) must be assigned the Data Connector Admin role. This role is required to add connectors on the Data connectors page in the compliance portal. This role is added by default to multiple role groups. For a list of these role groups, see Roles in Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Microsoft Purview compliance. Alternatively, an admin in your organization can create a custom role group, assign the Data Connector Admin role, and then add the appropriate users as members. For instructions, see the "Create a custom Microsoft Purview role group" section in Permissions in the Microsoft Purview compliance portal.
This Veritas data connector is in public preview in GCC environments in the Microsoft 365 US Government cloud. Third-party applications and services might involve storing, transmitting, and processing your organization's customer data on third-party systems that are outside of the Microsoft 365 infrastructure and therefore aren't covered by the Microsoft Purview and data protection commitments. Microsoft makes no representation that use of this product to connect to third-party applications implies that those third-party applications are FEDRAMP compliant.
Step 1: Set up the Workplace from Facebook connector
The first step is to access to the Data Connectors page in the compliance portal and create a connector for Workplace data.
Go to https://compliance.microsoft.com and then select Data connectors > Workplace from Facebook.
On the Workplace from Facebook product description page, select Add connector.
On the Terms of service page, select Accept.
Enter a unique name that identifies the connector, and then select Next.
Sign in to your Merge1 account to configure the connector.
Step 2: Configure the Workplace from Facebook connector on the Veritas Merge1 site
The second step is to configure the Workplace from Facebook connector on the Merge1 site. For information about how to configure the Workplace from Facebook connector, see Merge1 Third-Party Connectors User Guide.
After you select Save & Finish, the User mapping page in the connector wizard in the compliance portal is displayed.
Step 3: Map users and complete the connector setup
To map users and complete the connector setup in the compliance portal, follow these steps:
On the Map external users to Microsoft 365 users page, enable automatic user mapping. The Workplace items include a property called Email that contains email addresses for users in your organization. If the connector can associate this address with a Microsoft 365 user, the items are imported to that user’s mailbox.
Select Next, review your settings, and then go to the Data connectors page to see the progress of the import process for the new connector.
Step 4: Monitor the Workplace from Facebook connector
After you create the Workplace from Facebook connector, you can view the connector status in the compliance portal.
Go to https://compliance.microsoft.com and select Data connectors in the left nav.
Select the Connectors tab and then select the Workplace from Facebook connector to display the flyout page. This page contains the properties and information about the connector.
Under Connector status with source, select the Download log link to open (or save) the status log for the connector. This log contains information about the data that's been imported to the Microsoft cloud. For more information, see View admin logs for data connectors.
- At this time, we don't support importing attachments or items that are larger than 10 MB. Support for larger items will be available at a later date.