How to export an Exchange Mailbox using Powershell (Exchange Management Shell)


If you want to export an Exchange mailbox to PST with some variables included, then this guide should help you out.

In Exchange Management Shell, you can run the following command to export a mailbox to PST with variables like delete all mail from mailbox after export or maybe excluding Contacts or Calendar.

The command you should use is this:

Export-Mailbox –Identity “alias” -PSTFolderPath C:MAILARCHIVES -EndDate “01/01/2015” -ExcludeFolders “Contacts”,”Drafts”,”Notes”,”Calendar”,”Tasks” -DeleteContent

The explaination of this command is as below:

  • Export-Mailbox – this is the powershell command to export the mailbox
  • -Identity “alias” – this is the “alias” of the Exchange Mailbox you want to export
  • -PSTFolderPath C:MAILARCHIVES – this is the location your PST will be exported to
  • -EndDate “01/01/2015” – when you want to export up to
  • -ExcludeFolders – The items you may want to exclude from export – remove or add where applicable
    • “Contacts”,”Drafts”,”Notes”,”Calendar”,”Tasks”
  • -DeleteContent – Deletes the mailbox items after export

That is it, create your custom command for your requirements and run it in EMS.


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