The following could be useful for someone who is trying to setup a Document Expiration and Retention Policies for a library in SharePoint 2010:
1. Central Administrator should have retention enabled for sites created:
Central Administration > Security > Information policy > Configure Information Management Policy > Retention [Available for use in new site and list policies]
2. “Information Management Policy” and “Expiration Policy” are the two timer jobs which are responsible for retention policy. By default both will work “Weekly”, change this to suite your need.
Note: Set the recurring schedule in such a way that “Information Management Policy” job should run before the “Expiration Policy”.
[For testing purposes, you can either execute “Run Now” or set a shorter interval like every 5 minutes]
Steps to configure an Expiration Policy as below:
1. [Designated Document Library] > Document Library Settings > Information management policy settings >
a. Library and Folders (Change source or configure library schedule) > [Select Library and Folders].
b. Add a retention stage… > “This stage is based off a date property of the item Time Period :” Created + e.g. 0 days (for immediate action) > Action [Select Move to Recycle Bin]
c. Press OK/Apply to save the changes.
2. Add a document to the [Designated Document Library] and wait for the “Expiration Policy” timer job to execute.
That’s it; you should see that the item has been moved to the recycle bin.
Setting Expiration Dates
In SharePoint 2010, you have the option to set an expiration time based on any date property available in the drop-down list shown in Figure 8-5, including when it was declared a record. You can specify values between 0 to 500 years, 0 to 6000 months, or 0 to 182,500 days from the date selected from the drop-down list. In reality, all three settings have the same maximum amount of time, so your choice of which to select is really based on how precise you want the date setting to be. Selecting days will give you a more precise setting than months, and months will be more precise than years. The precision of the retention period required by your organization should be determined by your legal team.
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