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Deleting Items from Closed Partition

Created: 03 May 2006 • Updated: 22 May 2010 | 4 comments
Ben Holmes's picture

Help Please

Could anyone tell me if I would still be able to delete items from a vault store partition if it is marked as closed?


I am sure that if you set an OU as a policy target it works from the bottom OU up but could someone confirm this


Is there a Command Line Script to enable mailboxes?

Many thanks

Ben Holmes
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Micah Wyenn 2's picture

Here's my attempt at some answers:

1) I believe you can remove items from a closed partition. This may happen naturally (as in the case of expiry), or you can work on it manually (as in doing a search and restore, exporting items, etc). When the partition is closed, you can still "modify" the archives within by deleting items (breaking the "read only" convention), but you can not add new dvs files to the existing partition.

2) I believe that if you set an OU policy, that it works from the target on down to the rest of it's children. For example, if you had:

OU=users, OU=finance, OU=execs


OU=users, OU=IT

If you applied an OU policy at the "finance" OU level, it would affect finance and Finance\execs, but not IT. You'd need another OU policy to affect the IT tree. If you applied a policy only to "execs", you wouldn't grab any users that were only in the finance tree. I think this is the way it works, but I haven't verified this in the lab.

3) There is a command line utility called EVPM that will allow you to enable bulk email boxes. You'll want to create a script file for EVPM to work on, which must be saved as a unicode text file. Here's the command line syntax:




Displays online help information on the utility.


Specifies the name of the Exchange server computer.


Specifies the name and location of the initialization file.


Specifies the name of the Enterprise Vault service mailbox.

If you run Policy Manager without any parameters, it prompts for each one.

Here's an example of a simple script that enables a single mailbox:

DirectoryComputerName= myserver
SiteName = MattSite

DistinguishedName = /o=Org1/ou=Admin Group/cn=Recipients/cn=jones

Name = mailboxroot
Enabled = true

You can find other examples in the utilities guide.


Ben Holmes's picture


Thanks very much for your reply.

That is all really helpful.

Just one point on the Policy targets.

If you have a default policy (which you have to have) and then you set a specific policy for an OU presumably the default policy is no longer applied to that OU

Hope that this makes sence

Once again many thanks


TonySterling's picture

Once you create the OU in the admin console and apply the policy that will be the only policy applied to the OU. You can, however, use evpm to apply policy indvidually.

If you look on the Targets tab of the policy you will be able to tell what OU's it is applied to.

Micah Wyenn 2's picture

This confused me as well. It seems that only one policy at any one time can apply to any target, and the more granular one wins. This is of course with the caveat that you haven't used EVPM with an override flag, which will always win no matter what.