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

Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

Use the Test-OrganizationRelationship cmdlet to verify that the organization relationship is properly configured and functioning as expected.

Test-OrganizationRelationship [-Identity <OrganizationRelationshipIdParameter>] -UserIdentity <RecipientIdParameter> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-Organization <OrganizationIdParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

The Test-OrganizationRelationship cmdlet doesn't include any functional tests of federated sharing features, such as accessing user free/busy information or moving mailboxes between organizations. It only verifies that the configuration will allow these features to work correctly.

Before you can test an organization relationship, you must first create an organization relationship. For more information, see Create an Organization Relationship.

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 "Organization relationships" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The UserIdentity parameter specifies the mailbox for which a delegation token is requested to access the external organization's configuration information. You can use any of the following values:

  • Distinguished name (DN)

  • Canonical name

  • GUID

  • Name

  • Display name

  • Alias

  • Exchange DN

  • Primary SMTP e-mail address




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 writes this configuration change to Active Directory.




The Identity parameter specifies the organization relationship to be tested. You can use the following values:

  • Canonical name

  • GUID

  • Name




The Organization parameter is reserved for internal Microsoft use.




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 validates the organization relationship deployed in the Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 organization and checks whether a delegation token can be retrieved for a mailbox for the external organization domain contoso.com.

Test-OrganizationRelationship -UserIdentity katherine@contoso.com -Identity contoso.com -Confirm