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

Topic Last Modified: 2012-11-19

Use the Remove-ManagementScope cmdlet to remove an existing management scope.


Remove-ManagementScope -Identity <ManagementScopeIdParameter> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-Force <SwitchParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

Detailed Description

You can't remove a management scope if it's associated with a management role assignment. Use the Get-ManagementScope cmdlet to retrieve a list of orphaned scopes. For more information about regular and exclusive scopes, see Understanding Management Role Scopes.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Management scopes" entry in the Role Management Permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The Identity parameter specifies the scope to remove. You can't remove a scope if it's in use by a management role assignment.




The Confirm switch causes the command to pause processing and requires you to acknowledge what the command will do before processing continues. You don't have to specify a value with the Confirm switch.




The DomainController parameter specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller that writes this configuration change to Active Directory.




This parameter is available for multi-tenant deployments. It isn't available for on-premises deployments. For more information about multi-tenant deployments, see Multi-Tenant Support.

The Force switch specifies whether to suppress warning or confirmation messages. This switch can be used when the task is run programmatically and prompting for administrative input is inappropriate. If the Force switch isn't provided in the command, you're prompted for administrative input. You don't have to specify a value with this parameter.




The WhatIf switch instructs the command to simulate the actions that it would take on the object. By using the WhatIf switch, you can view what changes would occur without having to apply any of those changes. You don't have to specify a value with the WhatIf switch.

Input Types

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

Return Types

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.



This example removes the Redmond Servers scope.

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Remove-ManagementScope "Redmond Servers"


This example retrieves a list of all the orphaned scopes using the Get-ManagementScope cmdlet and pipes the output to the Remove-ManagementScope cmdlet. Because the WhatIf switch is used with the Remove-ManagementScope cmdlet, the cmdlet only displays the scopes that would have been removed but doesn't commit any changes.

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Get-ManagementScope -Orphan | Remove-ManagementScope -WhatIf

After you verify that the scopes to be removed are correct, run the command again without the WhatIf switch.

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Get-ManagementScope -Orphan | Remove-ManagementScope