Setting up Document Expiration and Retention Policies for Libraries in SharePoint 2010

The following could be useful for someone who is trying to setup a Document Expiration and Retention Policies for a library in SharePoint 2010:

Check List:

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.

Related references:

Retention Policy for document library in SharePoint 2010

Creating a retention policy to start a workflow in SharePoint 2010 using PowerShell

Bulk provisioning SharePoint 2010 document retention policies using PowerShell:

Add a workflow to a SharePoint list in all sites of a site collection using PowerShell

PowerShell – Automating the creation of sub sites for a given site collection

Add-PsSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell

# Loading of SharePoint dll.

# This script creates 50 subsites on the set site collection url.
Write-Output " "
Write-Output "Creation of 50 sub-sites in progress..."

# Parameters used in the script
$SiteCollectionUrl = ""
$SiteCollectionTemplate = "STS#0" 
$SiteCollectionLanguage = 1033
$StaplingWeb = "project_no_"

for($i=0 ; $i -lt 50 ; $i++)
      $siteId = $i + 1
    $SiteUrl = $SiteCollectionUrl + "/"
    $SubSiteName = $StaplingWeb + $siteId
    $SiteUrl = $SiteUrl += $SubSiteName

    Write-Host "Creating Sub-Site -- " $SubSiteName
    New-SPWeb $SiteUrl -Template $SiteCollectionTemplate -Name $SubSiteName  -UseParentTopNav -Language $SiteCollectionLanguage
    Write-Host "Site -> " $SubSiteName " successfully created."

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