Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP3, Exchange Server 2010 SP2

Topic Last Modified: 2009-10-12

The Exchange Management Shell is the administrative interface that enables you to manage your Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 organization from the command line. If you don't have the Exchange management tools installed but you still want to connect to, and administer, a server running Exchange 2010, this topic explains how you can create a manual remote Shell to connect to an Exchange 2010 server.

For ease of management and to receive the benefits that come with them, we recommend that you install the Exchange management tools on any computer that's used to administer an Exchange 2010 server. For more information, see the following topics:

Install the Exchange 2010 Management Tools

Open the Shell

For more information about the Exchange Management Shell, see Overview of Exchange Management Shell.

Administer Exchange 2010 Using the Remote Shell

To administer Exchange 2010 using the remote Shell without the Exchange management tools installed, you'll need the following:

  • Windows Management Framework installed

    Windows Management Framework includes Windows PowerShell V2 and Windows Remote Management (WinRM) 2.0.
  • The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of an Exchange 2010 server in your organization

  • TCP port 80 open between your client computer and the remote Exchange 2010 server

  • A user that's enabled for remote Shell

Before you can connect using remote Shell, you need to install the Windows Management Framework. If you have previous versions of Windows PowerShell or WinRM, you need to uninstall them before installing the Windows Management Framework. Choose the option that matches your operating system:

After you've installed the Windows Management Framework, see the following topics: