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Is there a way to prevent permanent deletion of email by a user within Exchange 2007 or Outlook 2003?

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Is there a way to prevent a user from permanently deleting emails either through the user's Outlook 2003 client or within Exchange 2007?
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tigermattSite Reliability Engineer
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No, there is no native method of doing this. Users automatically have full control over their mailboxes, allowing them to delete mail permanently. Also, just something I should point out, if you have mailbox size limits set but prevent users permanently deleting emails, they will no longer be able to clean up their deleted items and will end up with getting their mailbox closed.

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Bear in mind that any mail which is deleted by default will be retained by exchange for 30 days, even when removed from deleted items and can be recovered - see http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid43_gci1119804,00.html
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Thanks everyone for the quick responses.  In addiiton to the above, looks as though message tracking within Exchange 2007 is another good tool to use, although it doesn't appear to save the actual text of the message.
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Message tracking is just that - tracks the message. It does not store the email message at all. It is designed to help the administrator know what Exchange did with the message, thats all.

Simon.

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