I know this is very basic, but I'm not quite getting the AutoArchive vs. Retension settings.
I want to set group policy to archive. That is straight-forward. Except: Can I force ALL folders, even those new folders users create? I don't see this in the policy.
But I don't understand how retension settings override those. Say I have auto-archive turned on for a folder, moving them to an archive.pst when they are older than 6 months. I apply that to all folders. Now I enforce retension settings, and I set the inbox to 360 days. Does this simply mean that items will be archived along the same schedule (ever x number of days it runs), but they will stay for 360 days rather than 6 months? Though you can still simply delete the items.
It just seems like I'm missing something. Otherwise, Why wouldn't they just give me a more detailed AutoArchive policy that allows me to have different "retention" for different folders, and leave it at that?
Even after I set both of these settings against myself, I see that I still have some folders that say "do not archive", and I have the ability to control that. It just says that Retension Policies over-ride autoarchive settings. However: The Retension Policy states gives you control for Inbox, Calendar Items, and " all other folder being AutoArchived". I guess, if I understand that rention simply controls how long they stay before being archived... then what's the point if the user can simply turn off the archive for a given folder.
Appreciate any clarity. I'm having trouble finding clear definition (I think everyone but me see's it clearly). Thanks!