Finding and Recovering Deleted Microsoft 365 Data
Finding and Recovering Deleted Microsoft 365 Data

Microsoft 365 provides multiple features and services for managing working data as well as for retaining them as needed. It is critical for you as an IT administrator to understand the features available for ensuring that deleted data can be restored and that you can import other data and use Microsoft 365 as an archive.

This course will focus on how to manage archival, deletion, and restoration of content and data within Microsoft 365. By the end of this course, you will know the various options available for that and when to use the Admin Center or PowerShell to restore data and content. We will also discuss some of the important aspects of working with deleted data.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify content for recovery
  • Ensure your end-users have the data they need
  • Recover data in Microsoft 365
  • Archive data in Microsoft 365

Intended Audience

This course is intended for people who want to become a Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate.


If you wish to follow along with this course, it is recommended that you have a Microsoft 365 tenant, an account with Global Administrator access, as well as content within SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, a few Exchange Online mailboxes, and users in Azure Active Directory.


Welcome to this module on finding and recovering deleted Office 365 data. In this module, we will cover the following topics. Deleting and restoring mailboxes within Exchange online, where we will review the approaches available, as well as walk through the process of actually deleting and restoring mailboxes. We'll look at restoring Office 365 groups, where we'll look at what these types of groups are made up of and then how to restore them. And lastly, restoring OneDrive for business data, where we'll review restoring data and the process Microsoft 365 performs for deletions and restoring.

About the Author

Liam Cleary is a Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Trainer focused on Microsoft 365 and Azure. He's been working with Microsoft Cloud and Azure technologies since their creation and focuses heavily on deployments, management, and the security of Microsoft 365 and Azure. He also holds multiple certifications for both Microsoft 365 and Azure.