When the plugin is enabled, a background thread in the plugin periodically searches for and purges expired data. For optimal performance, enable the Purge Expired Data plugin on multiple servers in a topology. For example, you can configure one server to delete data while others are searching for expired data.

Create and configure the Purge Expired Data plugin with the dsconfig tool. Configuration options include the base distinguished name (DN) and filter, the items to be purged, how to identify expired data, and the frequency for polling and purging. You must index the search for expired data. An alarm is raised if the server purging data falls behind the configured max-updates-per-second. Monitoring information is available in the Admin Console, or cn=monitor.