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When files are archived using the Mimecast Synchronization Engine, they can be viewed by Administrators and users that have relevant permissions.


Administrator View


When the File Archive Task is configured, a folder is automatically created in the Smart Tag folder structure, shown in Administration | Services | File Archive | View Archives menu. For User Folder Archiving, a folder called User Files Archive is created and the email address of the user will be listed as a subfolder; for Shared Files Archiving a folder called Shared Files Archive is created respectively, and the Name field (of the Task definition) is listed as a subfolder.


To view the folders and perform searches across the archived files, navigate to Administration | Services | File Archive | View Archives:


Shared Files ArchiveUser Files Archive


The Administrator's Role and permissions will determine if they have access to view the files. Administrators with access to the Smart Tags menu will be able to see the archived emails, but only those Administrators with the protected permission Manage Smart Tags, can view the content of these file attachments.

By default, end users can access their files if User Folder Archiving is enabled. If Administrators would like end users to access the files within Shared Archived folders, they will need to assign these users permissions to the relevant Smart Tags.


Smart Tags cannot be renamed or deleted if associated with a File Archiving definition or Exchange Task.

End User View


Users are able to view the files they have access to when logged into Mimecast Personal Portal, or when using Mimecast for Outlook. When File Archiving is enabled, folders are created within the Smart Tag menu option.


The display and permissions for the different archiving types are detailed below:


Archiving TypeDisplay NameEnd User Permissions
User FolderThe folder is listed as the user's email addressUser is automatically assigned permissions
Shared FolderThe folder is displayed as per the Name field in the definition

No permissions are automatically assigned


Mimecast Personal Portal



When a user logs into Mimecast Personal Portal, their archived files will be accessible under the File Archive menu option.


Folders called User Files Archive and Shared Files Archive are created under this menu option.  By default, users will be able to view any files in their User Files Archive. Specific permissions to the relevant Smart Tag are required to view the Shared Files Archives. By clicking on the relevant Smart Tag, the user is able to perform searches for files.


Mimecast for Outlook


To access their Mimecast Folder Archives, users should navigate to the Mimecast tab, and click on the Search button in the Archive Search group. The Search box opens and consists of three tabs:  Searches, Editor and Results. One of the menu options in the Searches Tab is Tags (shown below).  By clicking on the relevant Smart Tag, the user is able to perform a search across the files (click on the Run button), or Export the emails to their Outlook mail folders:




Allocating File Archive View Permissions


Administrators must be assigned to the correct Role in order to assign Smart Tag permissions, which will determine the user Groups that can access the files that have been archived within Mimecast Personal Portal and Mimecast for Outlook.  To adjust permissions to the File Archive Smart Tags:


  1. Navigate to Administration | Services | File Archive | View Archives, and select the folder (or subfolder) in the list that the permissions must be managed for
  2. Click on the Permissions menu, and select Group Access
  3. Use the Lookup button to display a list of the available Groups
  4. Select the Group that should have permissions to access the Smart Tag
  5. The group selected is visible within the Current Group Permissions section:

    Multiple groups can be assigned to the Smart Tag by repeating steps 3-5 above.

  6. Use the Go Back button to return to the Smart Tag.

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