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Force Retention Policy to Run Now or specific Days in SharePoint 2013

Force Retention Policy to Run Now or specific Days in SharePoint 2013

This SharePoint tutorial explains, how to force retention policy to Run now or on specific intervals days in SharePoint 2013. By default Retention Policy will run on a weekly basis.

If you are new to retention policy then you can follow this article to know more about how to configure retention policy in list or document library in SharePoint.

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As in this example, we have configured the Retention Policy to move items to recycle bin which are created 1 day before, but this will not work expected because the timer jobs associated with this will run on a weekly basis.

The timer jobs are:

  • Information management policy
  • Expiration policy

Here a point to remember is that “Information management policy” job should run before the “Expiration policy”.

We can change the retention policy schedule to run on a daily basis or now from Central Administration.

Force Retention Policy to Run Now or specific Days in SharePoint 2013

Open SharePoint 2013 Central Administration then go to Monitoring. Then from Monitoring page, click on Review job definitions from the Timer Jobs like below:

Retention Policy in SharePoint 2013
Retention Policy in SharePoint 2013

Then search for “Information management policy” in Job Definitions and click on it. In the recurring schedule select Minutes/Hourly/Daily/Weekly or monthly basis. And click on OK. If you want to run Now then click on the Run Now button as shown in the fig below:

Force Retention Policy to Run Now or specific Days in SharePoint 2013
Force Retention Policy to Run Now or specific Days in SharePoint 2013

Then search for “Expiration policy” and click on that. In the recurring schedule select Minutes/Hourly/Daily/Weekly or monthly basis. And click on OK. If you want to run Now then click on the Run Now button as shown in the fig below:

Force Retention Policy to Run Now sharepoint 2013
Force Retention Policy to Run Now sharepoint 2013

Notice here I have scheduled “Information management policy” to run in 15 min interval and I have scheduled “Expiration policy” to run in 10 min interval. so that Information management policy to run before Expiration policy.

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Hope this SharePoint tutorial helps, to force Retention Policy to Run Now or specific Days in SharePoint 2013.

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I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SharePointSky.com

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