Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2010 SP2 RU4 Address Compliance Issues

IT pros usually don't enjoy applying updates and fixes to existing software because of the chance that such "fixes" could introduce new problems. (We've all seen it happen.) So when those updates come with welcome new features, it makes the process just a little sweeter, and could even get IT shops to fast-track the implementation. Such is the case with Update Rollup 4 (RU4) for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP2 because of the new support for retention policies on Calendar and Tasks.

In versions of Exchange 2010 prior to RU4, you can't apply retention tags or policies either to individual calendar or task items or to the main Calendar folder or Tasks folder. So, businesses with particularly stringent retention needs for compliance might be running into trouble relying only on Exchange's built-in features. Of course, third-party vendors that provide e-discovery or compliance solutions will tell you that Exchange 2010's retention and compliance features are limited even in the best of cases.

Nonetheless, the calendar and tasks update in RU4 is certainly being met with approval; many Exchange users have clearly been waiting for this feature. If you're using retention policies already, Calendar and Tasks will inherit the Default Policy Tag (DPT) automatically. However, you can exclude these folders from the DPT through a registry hack, if necessary, to avoid unexpected results for your end users. The process is explained in the Exchange Team Blog post about this update by Ross Smith IV.

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