This cmdlet is available only in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. For more information, see Office 365 Security & Compliance Center PowerShell ( Use the Get-HoldCompliancePolicy to view existing preservation policies in the Security & Compliance Center. The Get-HoldCompliancePolicy cmdlet has been replaced by the Get-RetentionCompliancePolicy cmdlet. If you have any scripts that use the Get-HoldCompliancePolicy cmdlet, update them to use the Get-RetentionCompliancePolicy cmdlet. For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Exchange cmdlet syntax (


   [[-Identity] <PolicyIdParameter>]


This list describes the properties displayed by default.

  • Name: The unique name of the policy.

  • Workload: Where the policy is applied. For example, SharePoint or Exchange.

  • Enabled: The value True means the policy is enabled.

  • Mode: The current operating mode of the policy. The possible values are Test (the content is tested, but no rules are enforced), AuditandNotify (when content matches the conditions specified by the policy, the rule is not enforced, but notification emails are sent) or Enforce (all aspects of the policy are enabled and enforced).

You need to be assigned permissions in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center before you can use this cmdlet. For more information, see Permissions in Office 365 Security & Compliance Center (


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This example displays summary information for all preservation policies in your organization.

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Get-HoldCompliancePolicy -Identity "Regulation 123 Compliance" | Format-List

This example displays detailed information for the policy named "Regulation 123 Compliance".

Optional Parameters


The DistributionDetail switch returns detailed policy distribution information in the DistributionResults property. You don't need to specify a value with this switch.

Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False

The Identity parameter specifies the preservation policy that you want to view. You can use any value that uniquely identifies the policy. For example:

  • Name

  • Distinguished name (DN)

  • GUID

Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True
Accept wildcard characters:False


To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types ( If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn't accept input data.


To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types ( If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn't return data.