Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP2, Exchange Server 2010 SP3

Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

Use the Test-IPBlockListProvider cmdlet to test the configuration for a specific IP Block list provider on a computer that has the Edge Transport server role or the Hub Transport server role installed. This configuration is used by the Connection Filter agent.

Test-IPBlockListProvider -Identity <IPBlockListProviderIdParameter> -IPAddress <IPAddress> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-Server <ServerIdParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

The Test-IPBlockListProvider cmdlet checks connectivity to the specified IP Block list provider and then issues a lookup request to the IP Block list provider. When you test the connection and functionality of the IP Block list provider, you must enter a known blocked IP address in the IPAddress 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 "Anti-spam features" entry in the Transport Permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The Identity parameter specifies the IP Block list provider name. The Identity parameter must match either the name or the GUID of the IP Block list provider that you want to test.




The IPAddress parameter specifies the IP address to be sent to the IP Block list provider for the test. The IPAddress parameter is used to verify and test the IP Block list providers that you've configured.




The Confirm switch causes the command to pause processing and requires you to acknowledge what the command will do before processing continues. You don't have to specify a value with the Confirm switch.




The DomainController parameter specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller that retrieves data from Active Directory. The DomainController parameter isn't supported on the Edge Transport server role. The Edge Transport server role reads only from the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) instance.




The Server parameter specifies the server on which you run the command. If you don't use the Server parameter, the command is run on the local server where the task is executed.




The WhatIf switch instructs the command to simulate the actions that it would take on the object. By using the WhatIf switch, you can view what changes would occur without having to apply any of those changes. You don't have to specify a value with the WhatIf switch.

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.

This example tests the connectivity to the fictitious IP Block list provider ExampleProviderName, and then issues a lookup request to that provider using the IP address

Test-IPBlockListProvider -IPAddress -Identity ExampleProviderName