SharePoint Online: How to Exclude a Site from eDiscovery Hold?

Requirement: Exclude a site from eDiscovery hold policy in SharePoint Online.

How to Remove a SharePoint Online Site from eDiscovery Hold?
When a SharePoint Online site is placed under eDiscovery hold, it prevents you from deleting the site or renaming its URL, prevents bulk deletes and blocks some more operations. In such scenarios, you have to exclude the site from hold policies to be able to perform operations such as delete. Here is how to exclude a site from eDiscovery hold policy:
  • Login to Microsoft 365 admin center 
  • Open the Security & Compliance Admin Center (If you don't find it, Click on "All Admin Centers" in left side menu and open "Security" link)
  • Expand the eDiscovery node in left navigation, Click on "Open" button in the hold policy created for your environment. This Opens the eDiscovery Policy in a new tab. 
    exclude site from ediscovery hold
  • Click on "Holds" tab in policy settings >> Double click on the policy name to open its properties and click on "Edit hold" button.
    edit hold policy
  • Go to "Locations" tab, Click on "Choose sites" under "SharePoint Sites". 
    edit hold locations
  • This lists all sites under hold policy. Click on little X button next to the site you want to remove from hold and click on "Done" button to save your changes. Hit save button again in the hold settings page.
    exclude sharepoint online site from hold
  • Wait for the status to change from "Pending" to "Success" (Takes between 10 Minutes to 24 Hours!).

Now, Try to delete or rename the site, it should proceed without any errors this time! Excluding site from retention policy is explained in my another article: How to Remove a Site from Retention Policy in SharePoint Online?

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