A month ago I wrote a quick post (available here) on removing users from large in-place hold polices in Exchange Online. At the time I wasn’t that familiar with the process and documentation online was limited. After sharing is caring that process I had a deeper look into the in-place hold policies for a client I’m consultant at. There was some cleanup that was required and this post explains that process as well as a streamlined way via powershell to add users to an in-place hold policy.
Over the course of any large-scale migration to Exchange Online, managed services and project resource teams coordinate to successfully migrate users and apply policies and post migration tasks. In-place hold policies and governance around storing email data for compliance and legal purposes is key for certain organisations. The larger the organisation though, the more tricky the task. The GUI or web console just isn’t enough to cater for thousands of users. Insert powershell!- it is your friend.
Overall the process to add users to an in-place hold isn’t that much different from the process of removing users from a policy. Like the previous post (available here), I’ll keep the process short and sweet to outline the steps required: