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Auto-apply retention labels

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Hi community


I am currently business premium licensed, but there is an E5 feature which I want to use: auto-appliance of retention labels.

Would it be OK, to just purchase a single E5 license, then run the auto-labelling-policy, scanning all my files and marking them with retention policies based on content of file, EG: social security numbers.

After the files has been auto-labelled, I would cancel the E5 license, since I now have used the feature which I wanted, and my files has been auto-labelled.


Would I be in compliance if i did this? I haven't been able to find information in regards to this, so I thought that someone on here might have an answer.


Thank you in advance.

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Hi @Kasperk1180,

Whether or not you would be in compliance with Microsoft's licensing terms by purchasing a single E5 license, running the auto-labeling policy, and then canceling the license would depend on a number of factors, including the specific terms of your license agreement, the specific E5 features you are using, and how you are using them.

It is important to note that Microsoft's licensing terms generally prohibit customers from purchasing licenses for a specific product or service, using them for a limited period of time, and then canceling the licenses. This is known as "license stacking" and is generally not allowed.

However, there may be some exceptions to this rule. For example, Microsoft may allow customers to purchase a short-term license for a specific product or service for the purpose of evaluating it or running a specific project.

In the case of auto-apply retention labels, it is not clear whether or not Microsoft would allow customers to purchase a single E5 license, run the auto-labeling policy, and then cancel the license. It is possible that Microsoft would view this as a violation of its licensing terms.

To be on the safe side, it is best to contact Microsoft directly and inquire about your specific situation. Microsoft may be willing to work with you to find a solution that meets your needs and complies with its licensing terms.

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