Applies to: Exchange Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-19

Use the Get-PublicFolderDatabase cmdlet to view public folder database settings.

Get-PublicFolderDatabase [-Identity <DatabaseIdParameter>] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-IncludePreExchange2010 <SwitchParameter>] [-Status <SwitchParameter>]

Get-PublicFolderDatabase -Server <ServerIdParameter> [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-IncludePreExchange2010 <SwitchParameter>] [-Status <SwitchParameter>]

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 fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller that retrieves data from Active Directory.




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

  • GUID
  • Distinguished name (DN)
  • Server\database name
  • 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.




The IncludePreExchange2010 parameter specifies whether information about all the public folder databases in the organization is returned, including versions of Microsoft Exchange prior to Exchange Server 2010. If the IncludePreExchange2010 parameter is included in the command, information about all of the public folder databases in the organization is returned. This parameter isn't necessary when the Server or Identity parameter is included in the command.




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.

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 folder database" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.

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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