Applies to: Exchange Server 2016

Topic Last Modified: 2017-04-24

This cmdlet is available only in on-premises Exchange Server 2016.

Use the Get-PublicFolderDatabase cmdlet to view public folder database settings for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 or earlier public folders.

For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Exchange cmdlet syntax.

Get-PublicFolderDatabase [-Identity <DatabaseIdParameter>] <COMMON PARAMETERS>

Get-PublicFolderDatabase -Server <ServerIdParameter> <COMMON PARAMETERS>

COMMON PARAMETERS: [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-IncludeCorrupted <SwitchParameter>] [-Status <SwitchParameter>]

This example returns all the attributes of all the public folder databases in the organization by piping the results of the Get-PublicFolderDatabase command to the Format-List command.

Get-PublicFolderDatabase | Format-List

This example returns information about the public folder database PFDatabase that resides on Server01.

Get-PublicFolderDatabase -Identity "Server01\PFDatabase"

This example returns information about all public folders on Server01.

Get-PublicFolderDatabase -Server Server01

You can specify either the Server or Identity parameter, but not both. Only the Server and Identity parameters can be piped.

When you run the Get-PublicFolderDatabase cmdlet with no parameters, it returns attributes of all of the public folder databases in the Exchange organization. To return specific database properties (including backup and mount status information) where the Get-PublicFolderDatabase cmdlet has to contact servers directly or perform a complex or slow calculation, make sure you use the Status parameter.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Public folders" entry in the Sharing and collaboration permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The Server parameter specifies the name of a server that contains a public folder database. If specified, only the public folder database on the specified server is returned. This parameter can't be used with the Identity parameter.




The DomainController parameter specifies the domain controller that's used by this cmdlet to read data from or write data to Active Directory. You identify the domain controller by its fully qualified domain name (FQDN). For example,




The Identity parameter specifies a public folder database. You can use the following values:

  • GUID

  • Distinguished name (DN)

  • Database name

If you don't specify the server name, the cmdlet searches for databases on the local server. If you have multiple databases with the same name, the cmdlet retrieves all databases with the same name in the specified scope. This parameter can't be used with the Server parameter.




PARAMVALUE: SwitchParameter




The Status parameter specifies whether additional backup and mount status information is included for servers running Exchange 2010. If the Status parameter is included, additional backup and mount status information is included for Exchange 2010 servers.

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.