Recycling in MOSS 2007

This article was originally posted on October 01, 2007.

One of the simple new things in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 that experienced users (especially administrators) of SharePoint get excited about is multi-level recycle bins. Simply put, users have their own recycle bin where their deleted content goes, and site collection administrators have a higher-level recycle bin where content deleted from users’ recycle bins goes.

Joel Oleson’s recent post on these multi-level recycling bins, why they were created, how they were designed to be used, and how they are used (and mis-used) in practice made for an interesting read. Expect to see more posts in this vein (why it was designed a certain way, and how it is being used in the real world) from various SharePoint bloggers as SharePoint deployments gain momentum through 2007–2008.

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