Applies to: Exchange Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-19

Use the Export-RecipientDataProperty cmdlet to download a user's picture or spoken name sound file. The picture and audio files display in the Global Address List property dialog box, contact card, reading pane, and meeting requests in Microsoft Outlook 2010 and Microsoft Office Outlook Web App.

Export-RecipientDataProperty -Identity <MailboxUserContactIdParameter> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-Picture <SwitchParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

Export-RecipientDataProperty -Identity <MailboxUserContactIdParameter> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-SpokenName <SwitchParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

Parameter Required Type Description




The Identity parameter specifies the mailbox or mail contact from which you want to export the recipient data. You can use the following values:

  • Distinguished name (DN)
  • Canonical name
  • GUID
  • Name
  • Display name
  • Alias
  • Exchange DN
  • Primary SMTP e-mail address




The Confirm switch can be used to suppress the confirmation prompt that appears by default when this cmdlet is run. To suppress the confirmation prompt, use the syntax -Confirm:$False. You must include a colon ( : ) in the syntax.




The DomainController parameter specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller that writes this configuration change to Active Directory.




The Picture switch specifies that the file you're exporting is the user's picture file. You can't use this parameter in conjunction with the SpokenName switch. You can only export one file type at a time.




The SpokenName switch specifies that the file you're exporting is the user's audio file. This cmdlet exports a WMA 9-voice format. You can't use this parameter in conjunction with the Picture switch. You can only export one file type at a time.




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.

Importing and exporting files requires a specific syntax because remote Shell is used. For more information, see Understanding Importing and Exporting Files in the Exchange Management Shell.

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 "Recipient data properties" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.

Error Description


This example exports Tony Smith's spoken name audio file and saves it to the local computer.

Export-RecipientDataProperty -Identity tony@contoso.com -SpokenName | ForEach { $_.FileData | Add-Content C:\tonysmith.wma -Encoding Byte}

This example exports Ayla Kol's picture file to the local computer.

Export-RecipientDataProperty -Identity "Ayla" -Picture | ForEach { $_.FileData | Add-Content C:\aylakol.jpg -Encoding Byte}