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This article explains the use of the “Set-Mailbox Export Request” cmdlet in Exchange Management Shell.
Many Exchange users are aware of the “New-Mailbox Export Request” cmdlet to export Exchange mailboxes as PST files. Exchange administrators must have assigned the Mailbox Import Export Role to carry out this export operation in the Exchange Management Shell.
The basic command for the Exchange mailbox export is –
The command needs information like a mailbox name and a network shared folder path for the PST file.
These export requests do not always become a success but sometimes remain incomplete or get failed. The chances of the export failure are there with factors like incorrect or nil assignment of the export permissions, over-sized messages, bad items, corrupt Exchange database, etc.
For such incomplete or failed export requests, we have the “Set-Mailbox Export Request” cmdlet, which allows users to modify the export requests are pending.
Let us see some important points related to this “Set-Mailbox Export Request” cmdlet.
First of all, Exchange administrators who would be executing the cmdlet must be assigned the Mailbox Import Export Role. For that, users must launch the Exchange Management Shell and run this command to assign the Mailbox Import Export Role to the “Administrator” mailbox.
Now that all the permissions are assigned to the Exchange user or administrator, we can move to the different uses of Set-Mailbox Export Request cmdlet.
Not just these switches, some other switches can also be used with the Set-MailboxExportRequest cmdlet to modify the export requests in the Exchange Management Shell. Please check the switches and their roles in this cmdlet.
|BatchName||To specify the batch name|
|Confirm||To specify if to show or hide the confirmation prompt|
|DomainController||To specify the domain controller to read data or write from the Active Directory|
|Identity||To specify the identity of the export request|
|InternalFlags||To specify optional steps in the export request|
|RehomeRequest||To specify the requests to move to the same database from which it is exported|
|WhatIf||To view what changes would occur after applying modifications|
Exporting Exchange mailboxes using Exchange Management Shell requires technical skills to execute the complex cmdlets accurately. Apart from this, users must take care of all the required permissions to execute the commands. Some commands like this one are limited to on-premises Exchange only. So, to simplify the process of Exchange mailbox export, Exchange administrators can try professional tools like Kernel for Exchange Server.
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