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Local quarantine

The Local quarantine uses your local file system to store quarantined emails and an SQLite database as an index. Stored quarantined email files, as well as database files, are encrypted for security reasons. These files are located under C:\ProgramData\ESET\ESET Mail Security\MailQuarantine (on Windows Server 2012).


If you want quarantined files stored on a different disk besides the default C: drive, change the Data folder to your preferred path during ESET Mail Security installation.

Local quarantine features:

Stores SPAM and quarantined email messages in a local file system, not an Exchange mailbox database

Encrypts and compresses locally stored quarantined email files

Uses Mail Quarantine Web interface as an alternative to Mail Quarantine manager

Sends quarantine reports as a scheduled task to a specified email address

Removes quarantined email files from the quarantine window (after 21 days by default), and stores them in a file system until automatic deletion after a specified number of days

Automatically deletes old email files (after three days by default); for more information see File storage settings

Restores removed quarantined email files using eShell (assuming that they've not been deleted from the file system yet).

Allows you to Inspect quarantined email messages and decide to delete or release them; to view and manage locally quarantined email messages, you can use Mail Quarantine manager from the main program window or Mail Quarantine Web interface.


The disadvantage of using Local quarantine is that if you run ESET Mail Security on multiple servers with Hub Transport Server roles, you must manage each server's Local quarantine separately. The more mail servers you have, the more quarantines you must manage.