In our project, there is a policy to define deletion of site collection after a couple month.

But when the date for deletion has passed the site collection is still exist. I checked job definitions and there is a job which name is Dead Site Delete. Do you think that this job is related to site deletion with policy? Do you have any idea what could be the possible reasons?

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"Dead Site Delete" job is responsible for the deleting the site collections which full fill the required criteria (which you mentioned in your policy).

The only problem with this job is, Default schedule is run weekly, so you may need to wait for 6 more days. If Policy's deletion date is on Monday then on next Sunday when Timer job run it will delete the site.


  • We were using this approach to define site collection custom policies. c-sharpcorner.com/UploadFile/anavijai/… The way you are mentioning is different than our way as far as I understood. Although running this job manually, It doesn't delete the site collections which supplies our criteria.
    – Onur CAN
    Commented Dec 14, 2018 at 6:38
  • do you want to delete the site collection or you want to delete the subsites?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Dec 14, 2018 at 13:37
  • I would like to delete site collections with a policy.
    – Onur CAN
    Commented Dec 14, 2018 at 13:50
  • there are 2 timer jobs, mainly "Expiration Policy" timer job which delete the sites after meeting the criteria...But if your site has exchange mailbox attach to it then "Site Policy and Exchange Site Mailbox Policy Update" job will process the mail box as well
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Dec 14, 2018 at 13:57
  • After how many days site is still active? less than 7 days? date fall on late sunday onward?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Dec 14, 2018 at 13:58

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