We need a solution for preventing our users from being able to move or delete their emails

We are running exchange 2007 sp3 with outlook 2007 and occasionally we have users accidentally deleted their outlook folders and emails, and we need a solution to prevent users from being able to move or delete their emails.

Please advise if there is a setting on exchange or in outlook that I can set that will disable their ability to delete emails?
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
There is NOT one. A user has access to do what they want inside their own mailbox and you can NOT stop it.
This is not possible in Exchange. or outlook

But you can enable journalying( journal everything). This way you always have a copy of email even if end user deletes it.

Take a look here for steps:


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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Understanding that you are in an Exchange 2007 environment as said there is no way to stop users from deleting email "built into Exchange". If you have a backup solution like Netbackup or Backup Exec you can use GRT (Grandular Recovery Technology) which allows you to recover individual items after they have been backed up. The only pit fall is that if a user deletes an item/s from there mailbox before the next backup job runs and the emails were not in a previous backup you will not be able to restore the data.

If you have intension of going to Exchange 2010 or 2013 you can enable a "litigation hold" on individual users mailboxes. So in the case that you are worried that someone is going to delete sensitive data it will be retained in the dumpster if the litigation hold is enabled on a specific mailbox.

Hope this helps
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