Applies to: Exchange Server 2016

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

Use the Get-ExchangeServer cmdlet to view the properties of Exchange servers.

When you run the Get-ExchangeServer cmdlet with no parameters, it returns the attributes of all the servers in the Exchange organization. To return specific server properties (including domain controller information) where the Get-ExchangeServer cmdlet has to contact servers directly or perform a complex or slow calculation, make sure you use the Status parameter.

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

Get-ExchangeServer -Domain <Fqdn> <COMMON PARAMETERS>
Get-ExchangeServer [-Identity <ServerIdParameter>] <COMMON PARAMETERS>
COMMON PARAMETERS: [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-Status <SwitchParameter>]

This example returns a summary list of all the Exchange servers in the organization.

Get-ExchangeServer | Format-List

This example returns detailed information about the Exchange server named Mailbox01.

Get-ExchangeServer -Identity Mailbox01 | Format-List

The ExchangeVersion attribute returned is the minimum version of Microsoft Exchange that you can use to manage the returned object. This attribute isn't the same as the version of Exchange displayed in the Exchange admin center when you select Server Configuration.

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 "Shell infrastructure permissions" section in the Exchange infrastructure and PowerShell permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The Domain parameter filters the results by the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain (for example,

You can't use this parameter 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 DomainController parameter isn't supported on Edge Transport servers. An Edge Transport server uses the local instance of Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) to read and write data.




The Identity parameter specifies the Exchange server that you want to view. You can use any value that uniquely identifies the Exchange server. For example:

  • Name

  • GUID

  • Distinguished name (DN)

  • ExchangeLegacyDN

You can't use this parameter with the Domain parameter.




The Status switch specifies whether to include additional property values in the results, for example, the Watson state, StaticDomainControllers, and runtime domain controller usage. You don't need to specify a value with this switch.

To see the additional values, you need to pipe the output to a formatting cmdlet, for example, the Format-List cmdlet.

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.