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

Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-19

After you create a discovery search, you can modify it to change the search parameters. For example, you can change the mailboxes to be searched, date ranges, key words, logging options, or you can specify a different discovery mailbox to store search results. Any changes you make to the search properties will be used when you restart the search.

You can use the Shell to modify a discovery search. However, you can also use the Exchange Control Panel for the same task. For instructions about using the Exchange Control Panel to modify a discovery search, see Edit a Mailbox Search.

Looking for other management tasks related to managing Multi-Mailbox Search? Check out Managing Discovery.

If a discovery search is running, you must stop it before modifying it. When you restart the search, the results from the last time the search was run are removed from the discovery mailbox. However, the logs from previous searches are saved.


A discovery search has been created and isn't running.

Use the Shell to modify a discovery search

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Multi-Mailbox Search" entry in the Messaging Policy and Compliance Permissions topic.

You can't use the EMC to modify a discovery search.

This example modifies the discovery search Search-Project Contoso to search mailboxes belonging to members of the DG-ProjectManagers distribution group.

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Set-MailboxSearch -Identity "Search-Project Contoso" -SourceMailboxes "DG-ProjectManagers"

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-MailboxSearch.

Other Tasks

After you modify a discovery search, you may also want to: