Applies to: Exchange Server 2013
Topic Last Modified: 2012-10-14
The Managed Folder Assistant is a Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Assistant that applies message retention settings configured in retention policies.
For additional management tasks related to messaging records management (MRM), see Messaging Records Management Procedures.
What do you need to know before you begin?
- Time to complete: 1 minute.
- You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this
procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the
"Messaging records management" entry in the Messaging Policy and
Compliance Permissions topic.
- You can't use the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) to
configure the Managed Folder Assistant. You must use the Shell
- In Exchange 2013, the Managed Folder Assistant is a
throttle-based assistant. Throttle-based assistants are always
running and don't need to be scheduled. The system resources they
can consume are throttled. You can configure the Managed Folder
Assistant to process all mailboxes on a Mailbox server within a
certain period (known as a work cycle). The work cycle is
set to one day by default.
- For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the
procedures in this topic, see Keyboard Shortcuts in
the Exchange Admin Center.
What do you want to do?
Use the Shell to configure the Managed Folder Assistant
This example configures the Managed Folder Assistant to process all mailboxes within one day.
Set-MailboxServer MyMailboxServer -ManagedFolderWorkCycle 1
For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-MailboxServer.
How do I know this worked?
To verify that you have successfully configured the Managed Folder Assistant, use the Get-MailboxServer cmdlet to check the ManagedFolderWorkCycle parameter.
This command retrieves all Mailbox servers in the organization and outputs the Managed Folder Assistant’s workcycle properties from each server in a table format. The Auto switch is used to automatically fit column width.
Get-MailboxServer | Format-Table Name,ManagedFolderWorkCycle* -Auto
Use the Shell to start the Managed Folder Assistant
This example triggers the Managed Folder Assistant to immediately process Bharat Suneja's mailbox.
Start-ManagedFolderAssistant -Identity email@example.com
For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Start-ManagedFolderAssistant.