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

Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

Use the Remove-MailboxRestoreRequest cmdlet to remove fully or partially completed restore requests.

Remove-MailboxRestoreRequest -Identity <MailboxRestoreRequestIdParameter> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

Remove-MailboxRestoreRequest -RequestGuid <Guid> -RequestQueue <DatabaseIdParameter> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

The parameter set that requires the Identity parameter allows you to remove a fully or partially completed restore request.

The parameter set that requires the RequestGuid and RequestQueue parameters is used for Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Replication service (MRS) debugging purposes only.

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 "Mailbox restore request" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The Identity parameter specifies the identity of the restore request. The Identity parameter consists of the alias of the mailbox to be restored and the name that was specified when the restore request was created. The identity of the restore request uses the following syntax: <alias>\<name>.

If you didn't specify a name for the restore request when it was created, Exchange automatically generated a default name MailboxRestore. Exchange generates up to 10 names, starting with MailboxRestore and then MailboxRestoreX (where X = 1–9).




The RequestGuid parameter specifies the unique identifier for the restore request. To find the GUID, use the Get-MailboxRestoreRequest cmdlet. If you specify the RequestGuid parameter, you must also specify the RequestQueue parameter. You can't use this parameter in conjunction with the Identity parameter.




The RequestQueue parameter specifies the target mailbox database on which the mailbox or archive of the request resides. You can use one of the following values:

  • GUID of the database

  • Database name

This parameter can't be used in conjunction with the Identity parameter.




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 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 removes the second restore request Ayla\MailboxRestore1.

Remove-MailboxRestoreRequest -Identity "Ayla\MailboxRestore1"

This example removes all restore requests that have the status of Completed.

Get-MailboxRestoreRequest -Status Completed | Remove-MailboxRestoreRequest

This example cancels the restore request by using the RequestGuid parameter for a request stored on MBXDB01. The parameter set that requires the RequestGuid and RequestQueue parameters is used for MRS debugging purposes only. You should only use this parameter set if instructed by Microsoft Customer Service and Support.

Remove-MailboxRestoreRequest -RequestQueue MBXDB01 -RequestGuid 25e0eaf2-6cc2-4353-b83e-5cb7b72d441f
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