Importing and exporting PST files is a common task for many Microsoft Exchange Server administrators. This can be done via Outlook, PowerShell and in some cases also via Exchange Management Console. This guide will cover the basic usage of the
New-MailboxExportRequest cmdlet to create mailbox export requests, as well as the viewing and clean-up of existing export requests in Microsoft Exchange 2010, 2013 and 2016.
See Importing PST Files in Exchange Server 2010, 2013 and 2016 to learn about importing.
- The user performing the export must be a member of a role group which has the
Mailbox Import Export role added. The easiest way of achieving this is running this script in PowerShell or the Exchange Management Shell:
New-ManagementRoleAssignment -Role "Mailbox Import Export" -User "<user name or alias>"
- The location to which you will export the PST file must be a shared folder on the local network (accessable by a UNC path).
New Mailbox Export Request
New-MailboxExportRequest -Mailbox <user> -FilePath \\<server FQDN>\<shared folder name>\<PST name>.pst
See New-MailboxExportRequest – Microsoft Docs for full specifications on the usage of the cmdlet.
Manage & Clean Up Export Requests
List All Export Requests
List All Export Requests With Statistics
Get-MailboxExportRequest | Get-MailboxExportRequestStatistics
Log Failures to Text File
Get-MailboxExportRequest -Status Failed | Get-MailboxExportRequestStatistics -IncludeReport | Format-List > MailboxExportRequestFailures.txt
Remove Completed Export Requests
Get-MailboxExportRequest -Status Completed | Remove-MailboxExportRequest
This guide has covered the basics of exporting PST files from Microsoft Exchange 2010, 2013 and 2016. See Importing PST Files in Exchange Server 2010, 2013 and 2016 to learn about importing.