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Get-FailedContentIndexDocuments

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2016

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

Use the Get-FailedContentIndexDocuments cmdlet to retrieve a list of documents for a mailbox, mailbox database, or Mailbox server that couldn't be indexed by Exchange Search.

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

Get-FailedContentIndexDocuments -Identity <MailboxIdParameter> [-Archive <SwitchParameter>] <COMMON PARAMETERS>

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

Get-FailedContentIndexDocuments -MailboxDatabase <DatabaseIdParameter> <COMMON PARAMETERS>

COMMON PARAMETERS: [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-EndDate <DateTime>] [-ErrorCode <Int32>] [-FailureMode <Transient | Permanent | All>] [-ResultSize <Unlimited>] [-StartDate <DateTime>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

This example retrieves a list of items that couldn't be indexed by Exchange Search from the mailbox of user Terry Adams.

Get-FailedContentIndexDocuments -Identity "Terry Adams"

This example retrieves a list of items that couldn't be indexed by Exchange Search from the mailbox database Mailbox Database MDB2.

Get-FailedContentIndexDocuments -MailboxDatabase "Mailbox Database MDB2"

The Get-FailedContentIndexDocuments cmdlet returns a list of documents that couldn't be indexed. The most common reason is that there was no filter available for that document type or there was an attachment within the document. For example, the PDF filter isn't available by default. If an email message contains a PDF document, because there is no PDF filter, the document is marked as failed content indexing.

After a new filter is installed, only new messages with attachments of the type for which the filter is installed are indexed. If you want to index older messages for the document type, the mailbox has to be moved.

The cmdlet output provides details about items in a mailbox that couldn't be indexed, including an error code and the reason for failure.

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 "Get unsearchable items" entry in the Recipients Permissions topic.

 

Parameter Required Type Description

Identity

Required

Microsoft.Exchange.Configuration.Tasks.MailboxIdParameter

The Identity parameter specifies the mailbox. You can use one of the following values:

  • GUID

  • Distinguished name (DN)

  • Domain\Account

  • User principal name (UPN)

  • LegacyExchangeDN

  • SmtpAddress

  • Alias

MailboxDatabase

Required

Microsoft.Exchange.Configuration.Tasks.DatabaseIdParameter

The MailboxDatabase parameter specifies the database from which to get the mailbox. You can use the following values:

  • GUID of the database

  • Database name

  • DN

Server

Required

Microsoft.Exchange.Configuration.Tasks.ServerIdParameter

The Server parameter specifies a Mailbox server. You can use the following values:

  • Name

  • GUID

  • DN

Archive

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

The Archive switch restricts the scope of the cmdlet to the user's archive. When using the Archive switch, you must also specify the Identity parameter.

Confirm

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

The Confirm switch specifies whether to show or hide the confirmation prompt. How this switch affects the cmdlet depends on if the cmdlet requires confirmation before proceeding.

  • Destructive cmdlets (for example, Remove-* cmdlets) have a built-in pause that forces you to acknowledge the command before proceeding. For these cmdlets, you can skip the confirmation prompt by using this exact syntax: -Confirm:$false.

  • Most other cmdlets (for example, New-* and Set-* cmdlets) don't have a built-in pause. For these cmdlets, specifying the Confirm switch without a value introduces a pause that forces you acknowledge the command before proceeding.

DomainController

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Data.Fqdn

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, dc01.contoso.com.

EndDate

Optional

System.DateTime

The EndDate parameter specifies the end date of the date range.

Use the short date format that's defined in the Regional Options settings on the computer where you're running the command. For example, if the computer is configured to use the short date format mm/dd/yyyy, enter 09/01/2015 to specify September 1, 2015. You can enter the date only, or you can enter the date and time of day. If you enter the date and time of day, enclose the value in quotation marks ("), for example, "09/01/2015 5:00 PM".

ErrorCode

Optional

System.Int32

The ErrorCode parameter allows you to retrieve documents that failed indexing with a specific error code. You can use the cmdlet without this parameter to list all failed documents for a mailbox, a mailbox database or a Mailbox server. The output includes the error codes and reason for failure. If required, you can then restrict the output to a specific error code from the results.

FailureMode

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Search.Core.Abstraction.FailureMode

The FailureMode parameter specifies the type of error. Use the following values.

  • Transient   Returns items that couldn't be indexed due to transient errors. Exchange Search attempts to index these items again.

  • Permanent   Returns items that couldn't be indexed due to a permanent error. Exchange Search does not attempt to index these items again.

  • All   Returns items that couldn't be indexed regardless of nature of failure.

ResultSize

Optional

Microsoft.Exchange.Data.Unlimited

This parameter is reserved for internal Microsoft use.

StartDate

Optional

System.DateTime

The StartDate parameter specifies the start date of the date range.

Use the short date format that's defined in the Regional Options settings on the computer where you're running the command. For example, if the computer is configured to use the short date format mm/dd/yyyy, enter 09/01/2015 to specify September 1, 2015. You can enter the date only, or you can enter the date and time of day. If you enter the date and time of day, enclose the value in quotation marks ("), for example, "09/01/2015 5:00 PM".

WhatIf

Optional

System.Management.Automation.SwitchParameter

The WhatIf switch simulates the actions of the command. You can use this switch to view the changes that would occur without actually applying those changes. You don't need to specify a value with this 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.

 
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