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Move-Mailbox (RTM)

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2007

Topic Last Modified: 2007-06-05

Use the Move-Mailbox cmdlet to move mailboxes within your organization or between different organizations.


move-Mailbox -Identity <MailboxIdParameter> -TargetDatabase <DatabaseIdParameter> [-BadItemLimit <Int32>] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-GlobalCatalog <Fqdn>] [-IgnorePolicyMatch <SwitchParameter>] [-IgnoreRuleLimitErrors <SwitchParameter>] [-MaxThreads <Int32>] [-ReportFile <LocalLongFullPath>] [-ValidateOnly <SwitchParameter>]


move-Mailbox -Identity <MailboxIdParameter> -TargetDatabase <DatabaseIdParameter> [-AllContentKeywords <String[]>] [-AllowMerge <SwitchParameter>] [-AttachmentFilenames <String[]>] [-BadItemLimit <Int32>] [-ContentKeywords <String[]>] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-EndDate <DateTime>] [-ExcludeFolders <MapiFolderPath[]>] [-GlobalCatalog <Fqdn>] [-IgnorePolicyMatch <SwitchParameter>] [-IgnoreRuleLimitErrors <SwitchParameter>] [-IncludeFolders <MapiFolderPath[]>] [-Locale <CultureInfo>] [-MaxThreads <Int32>] [-NTAccountOU <OrganizationalUnitIdParameter>] [-PreserveMailboxSizeLimit <SwitchParameter>] [-ReportFile <LocalLongFullPath>] [-RetryInterval <EnhancedTimeSpan>] [-RetryTimeout <EnhancedTimeSpan>] [-SourceForestCredential <PSCredential>] [-SourceForestGlobalCatalog <Fqdn>] [-SourceMailboxCleanupOptions <None | DeleteSourceMailbox | DeleteSourceNTAccount>] [-StartDate <DateTime>] [-SubjectKeywords <String[]>] [-TargetForestCredential <PSCredential>] [-ValidateOnly <SwitchParameter>]


move-Mailbox -Identity <MailboxIdParameter> -ConfigurationOnly <SwitchParameter> -TargetDatabase <DatabaseIdParameter> [-BadItemLimit <Int32>] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-GlobalCatalog <Fqdn>] [-IgnorePolicyMatch <SwitchParameter>] [-MaxThreads <Int32>] [-ReportFile <LocalLongFullPath>] [-ValidateOnly <SwitchParameter>]


move-Mailbox -Identity <MailboxIdParameter> -TargetDatabase <DatabaseIdParameter> [-BadItemLimit <Int32>] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-GlobalCatalog <Fqdn>] [-IgnorePolicyMatch <SwitchParameter>] [-MaxThreads <Int32>] [-ReportFile <LocalLongFullPath>] [-ValidateOnly <SwitchParameter>]

You can use the Move-Mailbox cmdlet to perform the following tasks:

  • Move a mailbox between servers in an organization. This move might be useful during hardware or software upgrades.

  • Move a mailbox between servers in different organizations. This move might be useful when organizations merge network infrastructures.

To run the Move-Mailbox cmdlet, the account you use must be delegated the following on both the source and target servers:

  • Exchange Server Administrator role

  • Exchange Recipient Administrator role

  • local Administrators group

noteNote:
If you are running Exchange 2007 on a computer that also functions as a domain controller, to move a mailbox to a database on this server the account you use must be delegated the Exchange Server Administrator role, but does not need to be delegated the Exchange Recipient Administrator role.

For more information about permissions, delegating roles, and the rights that are required to administer Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, see Permission Considerations.

 

Parameter Required Type Description

ConfigurationOnly

Required

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

The ConfigurationOnly parameter changes the Exchange server location in the Active Directory directory service. Use this parameter to direct the mailbox to a functional server. The mailbox content is not moved.

Identity

Required

Microsoft.Exchange.Configuration.Tasks.MailboxIdParameter

The Identity parameter specifies the recipient identification of the single mailbox to move. If the Get-Mailbox command is piped, this parameter is not required.

TargetDatabase

Required

Microsoft.Exchange.Configuration.Tasks.DatabaseIdParameter

The TargetDatabase parameter specifies the database to which the mailbox will be moved. If the Get-Mailbox command is piped, this parameter is not required.

If you do not specify the server name, the cmdlet will search for the database on the local server. If you have multiple databases with the same name on the same server, you must specify the storage group.

AllContentKeywords

Optional

System.String[]

The AllContentKeywords parameter specifies the keywords of the content to include in the move. If the command finds a keyword that you specify in the message body, attachment content, or subject, it will export those messages.

noteNote:
This is different from using both the ContentKeywords and SubjectKeywords parameters. If you use both the ContentKeywords and SubjectKeywords parameters, the command will export only those messages that have both the keyword that you specify for the ContentKeywords parameter in the message body or attachment content, and the keyword you specify for the SubjectKeywords parameter in the subject.

AllowMerge

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

The AllowMerge parameter specifies the merging of mailboxes if one mailbox already exists. You can use this parameter to move a mailbox between different organizations even if a target mailbox already exists. The contents of the mailbox are merged at the target. This parameter cannot be used if the NTAccountOU parameter is used. 

AttachmentFilenames

Optional

System.String[]

The AttachmentFilenames parameter specifies the attachments to be included in the move. File names can include any file type and wildcard characters.

BadItemLimit

Optional

System.Int32

The BadItemLimit parameter specifies the number of bad items to skip. Use 0 to not skip bad items. The valid input range for this parameter is 0 to 2,147,483,647.

ContentKeywords

Optional

System.String[]

The ContentKeywords parameter specifies the keywords of the content to include in the move. If the command finds a keyword that you specify in the message body or in the attachment content, it will export those messages.

DomainController

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Data.Fqdn

To specify the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller that writes this configuration change to Active Directory, include the DomainController parameter in the command.

EndDate

Optional

System.DateTime

The EndDate parameter specifies the end date for filtering content that will be moved from the source mailbox. Only items in the mailbox whose date is prior to or the same as the end date will be moved. When you enter a specific date, use the short date format that is defined in the Regional Options settings that are configured on the local computer. For example, if your computer is configured to use the short date format mm/dd/yyyy, enter 03/01/2006 to specify March 1, 2006.

ExcludeFolders

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Data.Mapi.MapiFolderPath[]

The ExcludeFolders parameter specifies the list of folders to exclude during the move.

GlobalCatalog

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Data.Fqdn

The GlobalCatalog parameter specifies the global catalog in which to perform search operations in the target forest.

IgnorePolicyMatch

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

The IgnorePolicyMatch parameter specifies whether to match recipient policies.

IgnoreRuleLimitErrors

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

The IgnoreRuleLimitErrors parameter specifies whether to move the user's rules to the target Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or Exchange 2000 Server account to avoid the Microsoft Outlook 32K rules limit.

IncludeFolders

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Data.Mapi.MapiFolderPath[]

The IncludeFolders parameter specifies the list of folders to include during the move.

Locale

Optional

System.Globalization.CultureInfo

The Locale parameter specifies the locale of messages to move. The command will move only messages with the locale that you specify.

MaxThreads

Optional

System.Int32

The MaxThreads parameter specifies the maximum number of threads to use. The valid input range for this parameter is 0 to 30.

noteNote:
The acceptable range of threads to use is determined by the performance of your Exchange organization. We recommend that you perform validation tests to determine an acceptable range for your environment before moving multiple mailboxes concurrently.

NTAccountOU

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Configuration.Tasks.OrganizationalUnitIdParameter

The NTAccountOU parameter specifies the organizational unit in which the Microsoft Windows NT accounts are created. This parameter cannot be used if the AllowMerge parameter is used.

PreserveMailboxSizeLimit

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

The PreserveMailboxSizeLimit parameter specifies whether to apply the size limit options of the source mailbox to the target mailbox.

ReportFile

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Data.LocalLongFullPath

The ReportFile parameter specifies the path and file name for the XML Report log.

RetryInterval

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Data.EnhancedTimeSpan

The RetryInterval parameter specifies the interval for retrieving the move's status from the server.

RetryTimeout

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Data.EnhancedTimeSpan

The RetryTimeout parameter specifies the time-out limit for moving a mailbox.

SourceForestCredential

Optional

System.Management.Automation.PSCredential

The SourceForestCredential parameter specifies the credentials that are used when connecting to the source mailbox.

SourceForestGlobalCatalog

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Data.Fqdn

The SourceForestGlobalCatalog parameter specifies the global catalog in which to perform search operations in the source forest.

SourceMailboxCleanupOptions

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Management.RecipientTasks.MoveMailboxSourceCleanupType

The SourcMailboxCleanupOptions parameter specifies cleanup options for the source mailbox. This parameter cannot be used if the AllowMerge parameter is used.

StartDate

Optional

System.DateTime

The StartDate parameter specifies the start date for filtering content that will be moved from the source mailbox. Only items in the mailbox whose date is later than the start date will be moved. When you enter a specific date, use the short date format that is defined in the Regional Options settings that are configured on the local computer. For example, if your computer is configured to use the short date format mm/dd/yyyy, enter 03/01/2006 to specify March 1, 2006.

SubjectKeywords

Optional

System.String[]

The SubjectKeywords parameter specifies the keyword filters for subjects of items in the source mailbox.

TargetForestCredential

Optional

System.Management.Automation.PSCredential

The TargetForestCredential parameter specifies the credentials that are used when connecting to the target database.

ValidateOnly

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

The ValidateOnly parameter provides the option to validate the move without moving the mailbox.

 

Error Description

  

  

 

Exceptions Description

  

  

In this example, the Move-Mailbox command is used to move John Peoples' mailbox (john@contoso.com) to a new mailbox database named NewMailboxDatabase.

Move-Mailbox john@contoso.com -TargetDatabase NewMailboxDatabase
 
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