Applies to: Exchange Server 2016

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

Use the Disable-UMService cmdlet to set the status of an Exchange Server 2010 Unified Messaging server to disabled. This prevents the UM server from processing UM incoming calls.

You can run this cmdlet on an Exchange Server 2016 Mailbox server, but the target server must be an Exchange 2010 UM server. You can't use this cmdlet to disable the UM service on an Exchange 2016 Mailbox server.

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

Disable-UMService -Identity <UMServerIdParameter> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-Immediate <$true | $false>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

This example disables Unified Messaging on the UM server MyUMServer but doesn't disconnect calls that are being processed.

Disable-UMService -Identity MyUMServer

This example disables Unified Messaging on the UM server MyUMServer and disconnects all calls being processed.

Disable-UMService -Identity MyUMServer -Immediate $true

The Disable-UMService cmdlet sets the status of a UM server. A UM server has a logical status variable controlled using the enable and disable cmdlets. A UM server won't process any new calls unless it's in the enabled state. With this status variable, you can start or stop call processing on a UM server so the UM server can be brought online or taken offline in a controlled way.

After this task is completed, the UM server can no longer:

  • Answer any incoming calls.

  • Respond to Play on Phone requests from a UM server.

  • Be used to manage UM-enabled mailboxes.

  • Be queried when a diagnostic task is used.

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 "UM service (back-end)" entry in the Unified Messaging permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The Identity parameter specifies the Exchange 2010 UM server that you want to disable. You can use any value that uniquely identifies the UM server. For example:

  • Name

  • Distinguished name (DN)

  • ExchangeLegacyDN

  • GUID




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.




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.




The Immediate parameter specifies whether the UM server drops all current calls or enables current calls to finish. If this parameter is set to $true, all calls that are currently connected are disconnected.




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.