Restore-Mailbox

This cmdlet is available only in Exchange Server 2010.

Use the Restore-Mailbox cmdlet to extract mailbox content from a restored database.

Note: In Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later, use the New-MailboxRestoreRequest cmdlet instead of the Restore-Mailbox cmdlet to extract mailbox content from a restored database.

For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Exchange cmdlet syntax (https://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb123552.aspx).

Syntax

Restore-Mailbox
       [-Identity] <MailboxIdParameter>
       -RecoveryDatabase <DatabaseIdParameter>
       -RecoveryMailbox <StoreMailboxIdParameter>
       -TargetFolder <String>
       [-AllowDuplicates]
       [-AllContentKeywords <String[]>]
       [-AttachmentFilenames <String[]>]
       [-BadItemLimit <Int32>]
       [-Confirm]
       [-ContentKeywords <String[]>]
       [-EndDate <DateTime>]
       [-ExcludeFolders <MapiFolderPath[]>]
       [-GlobalCatalog <Fqdn>]
       [-IncludeFolders <MapiFolderPath[]>]
       [-Locale <CultureInfo>]
       [-MaxThreads <Int32>]
       [-RecipientKeywords <String[]>]
       [-SenderKeywords <String[]>]
       [-StartDate <DateTime>]
       [-SubjectKeywords <String[]>]
       [-ValidateOnly]
       [-WhatIf]
       [<CommonParameters>]

Description

The Restore-Mailbox cmdlet copies end-user data from any server running Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 to a mailbox on an Exchange 2010 Mailbox server in the same organization that has adequate space and resources to support the mailbox. The Restore-Mailbox cmdlet can only use disconnected mailboxes on a server as a source of data, and the cmdlet can only use connected mailboxes as a target for data.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although this topic lists all parameters for the cmdlet, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To find the permissions required to run any cmdlet or parameter in your organization, see Find the permissions required to run any Exchange cmdlet (https://technet.microsoft.com/library/mt432940.aspx).

Examples

-------------------------- Example 1 --------------------------

Restore-Mailbox -Identity Scott -RecoveryDatabase MyRecoveryDatabase

This example restores a mailbox for user Scott from the database MyRecoveryDatabase.

-------------------------- Example 2 --------------------------

Restore-Mailbox -Identity Scott -RecoveryDatabase MyRecoveryDatabase -RecoveryMailbox John -TargetFolder Recovery

This example restores John's mailbox content into Scott's mailbox under the Recovery folder.

-------------------------- Example 3 --------------------------

Restore-Mailbox -Identity Scott -RecoveryDatabase MyRecoveryDatabase -SubjectKeywords "Meeting" -ContentKeywords "business" -IncludeFolders \Inbox,\Calendar

This example restores only the mail with the subject Meeting, with the message body containing the word business, and with the message location either in the Inbox or Calendar folder. This example assumes that the mailbox is in English.

-------------------------- Example 4 --------------------------

Get-Mailbox -Database MyDatabase | Restore-Mailbox -RecoveryDatabase MyRecoveryDatabase

This example bulk restores all the mailboxes in the MyDatabase mailbox database that are also present in MyRecoveryDatabase.

Required Parameters

-Identity

The Identity parameter specifies the identity of the mailbox.

This parameter accepts the following values:

  • Alias

    Example: JPhillips

  • Canonical DN

    Example: Atlanta.Corp.Contoso.Com/Users/JPhillips

  • Display Name

    Example: Jeff Phillips

  • Distinguished Name (DN)

    Example: CN=JPhillips,CN=Users,DC=Atlanta,DC=Corp,DC=contoso,DC=com

  • Domain\Account

    Example: Atlanta\JPhillips

  • GUID

    Example: fb456636-fe7d-4d58-9d15-5af57d0354c2

  • Immutable ID

    Example: fb456636-fe7d-4d58-9d15-5af57d0354c2@contoso.com

  • Legacy Exchange DN

    Example: /o=Contoso/ou=AdministrativeGroup/cn=Recipients/cn=JPhillips

  • SMTP Address

    Example: Jeff.Phillips@contoso.com

  • User Principal Name

    Example: JPhillips@contoso.com

Type:MailboxIdParameter
Position:1
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-RecoveryDatabase

The RecoveryDatabase parameter specifies the recovery database from which you're restoring the mailbox. You can use the following values:

  • GUID of the database

  • Database name

Type:DatabaseIdParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-RecoveryMailbox

The RecoveryMailbox parameter specifies the mailbox to be used as the source mailbox. This parameter is required if the source mailbox is different from the target mailbox.

Type:StoreMailboxIdParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-TargetFolder

The TargetFolder parameter specifies the mailbox folder that's created on the mailbox specified. This parameter is required if the mailbox being restored is different from the target mailbox. (For example, the value specified with the Identity parameter isn't the same as the value specified with the RecoveryMailbox parameter.) In this case, the Restore-Mailbox command performs a merge. If the values are the same, the TargetFolder parameter isn't required.

Type:String
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010

Optional Parameters

-AllContentKeywords

The AllContentKeywords parameter specifies the filters for all of the following:

  • Subject

  • Message body

  • Attachment content

This allows an OR search of all these fields. If your search criteria are part of the subject, message body, or attachment content, you get results.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-AllowDuplicates

The AllowDuplicates parameter specifies whether to copy mail items without checking if they're duplicates of existing items and without removing duplicate items. We recommend that you use the AllowDuplicates parameter together with the IncludeFolders parameter.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-AttachmentFilenames

The AttachmentFilenames parameter specifies the filter for the attachment file name. You can use wildcard characters in the string. For example, you can use *.txt to export items that have a .txt extension.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-BadItemLimit

The BadItemLimit parameter specifies the number of corrupted items in a mailbox to skip before the export operation fails.

Type:Int32
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-Confirm

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.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:cf
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-ContentKeywords

The ContentKeywords parameter specifies the keyword filters for the message body and content of attachments in the source mailbox.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-EndDate

The EndDate parameter specifies the end date for filtering content that will be exported from the source mailbox. Only items in the mailbox whose date is prior to the end date are exported. When you enter a specific date, use the short date format defined in the Regional Options settings configured on the local computer. For example, if your computer is configured to use the short date format mm/dd/yyyy, enter 03/01/2010 to specify March 1, 2010.

Type:DateTime
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-ExcludeFolders

The ExcludeFolders parameter specifies the list of folders to exclude during the export. Folders are excluded as they're entered. They aren't localized. For example, excluding calendar only excludes calendar in English because calendar in other languages is a different word.

Type:MapiFolderPath[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-GlobalCatalog

The GlobalCatalog parameter specifies the global catalog to use to search for the target mailbox.

Type:Fqdn
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-IncludeFolders

The IncludeFolders parameter specifies the list of folders to include during the export. Folders are included as they're entered. They aren't localized. For example, including calendar only includes calendar in English because calendar in other languages is a different word.

Type:MapiFolderPath[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-Locale

The Locale parameter specifies the locale setting on a message to restore. With this filter set, only messages with the specified locale setting are extracted.

Type:CultureInfo
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-MaxThreads

The MaxThreads parameter specifies the maximum number of threads to use.

Type:Int32
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-RecipientKeywords

The RecipientKeywords parameter specifies the keyword filters for recipients of items in the source mailbox. This filter finds the search string even if it's part of a word. This isn't a whole word search.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-SenderKeywords

The SenderKeywords parameter specifies the keyword filters for senders of items in the source mailbox. This filter finds the search string even if it's part of a word. This isn't a whole word search.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-StartDate

The StartDate parameter specifies the start date. The start date must be before the end date.

Type:DateTime
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-SubjectKeywords

The SubjectKeywords parameter specifies the keyword filters for subjects of items in the source mailbox. This filter finds the search string even if it's part of a word. This isn't a whole word search.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-ValidateOnly

The ValidateOnly switch tells the cmdlet to evaluate the conditions and requirements necessary to perform the operation and then reports whether the operation will succeed or fail. No changes are made when the ValidateOnly switch is used.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010
-WhatIf

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.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:wi
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
Applies to:Exchange Server 2010

Inputs

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=616387). If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn't accept input data.

Outputs

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=616387). If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn't return data.