Prevent Shift-Del in Exchange 2003

Posted on 2010-08-17
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Last Modified: 2012-05-10
We'd like to prevent users from performing a Shift-Delete, or from going to
'Recover Deleted Items', to permanently delete an e-mail before we have a chance to back up
and archive our store. Is there a setting in Exchange 2003 that would accomplish this?
Or, is there a GP setting that might achieve this?
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Mike Thomas earned 189 total points
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Scroll 2 thirds down this article for the reg hack

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Group policy using the office administrative template
Microsoft Office Outlook 2003/Disable items in user interface/Custom
Disable command bar buttons and menu items=355
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We cannot stop users from shift delte email, however disable the option for user's to go to Recover Deleted items. to disable Recover Deleted Items option disable the registry DumpsterAlwaysOn


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sorry, what i posted earlier was for something else... please disregard
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add the following to the registry changing the office version as needed, this is for 2003


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Everyone is so responsive! Thanks for all the replies.

Do I understand that there is no way to prevent shift-delete from permanently and unrecoverably removing an e-mail? We would like to be able to prevent email going to unauthorized recipients, such as a competitor, or the press. While we don't prevent users from sending email to whomever they please, if users knew they couldn't prevent a backup (and subsequent discovery) from occurring for an email they had sent to an inappropriate recipent, they would be deterred.

We can purchase an email archiver solution for $5k, but it seems there should be a more integrated way to do this in GPO or the Exchange system itself.
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the registry setting I gave earlier prevents using the key combination of Shift+Del
it does not prevent deleting and emptying deleted items
it also does not prevent from using Shift+the delete button

basically, there is no way to prevent someone from deleting a message
exchange 2010 improves the deleted item retention, but doesn't stop from the Outlook client

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There are some holes in each of the solutions, apparently. But, these are helpful and will be implemented in our environment.

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