Configuring compliance settings

If you created a compliant S3 bucket, you can change the bucket's compliance settings. You can increase, but not decrease, the retention period; place the bucket under a legal hold; remove a legal hold; or change the auto-delete setting. You cannot disable compliance or edit the bucket's name or region.

Before you begin


  1. Select S3 > Buckets.

    The Buckets page appears and shows all existing S3 buckets. The table includes each bucket's name, creation time, and region. The Compliant column includes a checkmark for compliant buckets. If a compliant bucket is currently under a legal hold, this column also includes a lock icon.

    screenshot showing Buckets page with compliant and non-compliant S3 buckets

  2. Select a compliant bucket from the list.
    The Configure Compliance button is disabled if you select a non-compliant bucket.
  3. Click Configure Compliance.

    The Edit Bucket Settings dialog box appears.

    screen shot for Configure Compliance on S3 bucket

  4. Modify one or more of the compliance settings for this bucket, as required.
    1. In the Retention Period box, specify the length of the retention period for objects added to this bucket, in days.
      The retention period for an object starts when that object is ingested into the grid. You can enter any number greater than or equal to the bucket's current retention period.
    2. For After Retention Period, select what should happen to each object at the end of its retention period.
      Option Description
      allow users to delete objects Users can delete an object as soon as its retention period expires, unless the bucket is under a legal hold.
      delete objects automatically An object will be deleted automatically when its retention period expires, unless the bucket is under a legal hold.
    3. To put this bucket under a legal hold, select the Legal Hold check box. To remove a legal hold, unselect the check box.
      When Legal Hold is selected, objects in this bucket cannot be deleted, even if their retention period has expired.
  5. Click Save.
    If you did not increase the retention period, the bucket is saved without an additional confirmation step.
    Note: If a Service Unavailable error message appears, go to step 7.
  6. If you increased the retention period, re-enter the number of days each object must be preserved, and click OK.

    screenshot showing Confirm Retention Period dialog when increasing the retention period

    The bucket is saved with the updated settings.
  7. If a Service Unavailable error message appears when you try to save the bucket:
    1. Click OK to close the message.

      screenshot of warning message if a service is down when you change bucket compliance settings

    2. Click Cancel to cancel your changes.
    3. Contact your grid administrator to ensure that the required storage services are made available as soon as possible.
    4. When the services are available again, repeat this procedure to update the compliance settings.