Confirm SharePoint 2013 Web site in use

confirm sharepoint web site in use email

Business owner of SharePoint site collection was keep getting an email with the below mail body every day. SharePoint administrator was not exactly sure what went wrong with that site collection.

Mail Body being received by all the Site collection owners:

From: MSTechnology_NoReply
Sent: <<DateTime Stamp>>
To: << List of recipients >>
Subject: Confirm SharePoint Web site in use

Please follow the link below to your SharePoint Web site to confirm that it is still in use.

If the site is not being used, please go to, and select “Delete This Site” to remove the Web site.

You will receive reminders of this until you confirm the site is in use, or delete it.

Thank you,
MS Technology Support Team

As we all know that SharePoint is mainly meant for content management so Microsoft has implemented some by default retention policies at site collection level. SharePoint administrator can set the below retention policy in Central Admin at site collection level.

Central Administration -> Application Management -> Site Collection -> Confirm Site use and deletion

confirm sharepoint web site in use
confirm sharepoint web site in use

Once you click on this, SharePoint will allow you to configure the retention policy.

confirm sharepoint web site in use email
confirm sharepoint web site in use email

If u see closely it also has an option to delete the site collection after sending mentioned / opted number of unanswered remainders.

After I disable the check box as part of step 2 in the above screen shot, SharePoint stop sending these remainder emails.

Hope this helps, happy Administration in SharePoint !!!

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About Krishna Vandanapu

I am Krishna.Vandanapu a SharePoint architect working in IT from last 13+ years, I worked in SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office 365. I have extensive hands on experience in customizing SharePoint sites from end to end. Expertise in SharePoint migration tools like Sharegate, Doc Ave and Metalogix. Migrated SharePoint sites from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 and 2010 to 2013 several times seamlessly. Implementing CSOM with Microsoft best practices. Spent quality time in configuring SharePoint application services like User Profile, Search, Managed Meta data services etc. Now exploring SharePoint Framework and SharePoint 2019

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