Applies to: Exchange Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2012-07-10

Use the Remove-MailboxExportRequest cmdlet to remove fully or partially completed export requests. You can create multiple export requests for a specified mailbox provided that you specify a distinct name. Completed export requests aren't cleared automatically; they need to be removed by using this cmdlet.

For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Syntax.

When a partially completed export request is removed, content already exported isn't removed from the PST file. If you want to start a new export request to the same file name and start with an empty PST file, you need to rename or delete the previous PST file.


Remove-MailboxExportRequest -Identity <MailboxExportRequestIdParameter> <COMMON PARAMETERS>
Remove-MailboxExportRequest -RequestGuid <Guid> -RequestQueue <DatabaseIdParameter> <COMMON PARAMETERS>
COMMON PARAMETERS: [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]



This example removes the second export request Ayla\MailboxExport1.

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Remove-MailboxExportRequest -Identity "Ayla\MailboxExport1"


This example removes all export requests that have the status of Completed.

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Get-MailboxExportRequest -Status Completed | Remove-MailboxExportRequest


This example cancels the export request by using the RequestGuid parameter for a mailbox or archive on MBXDB01.

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Remove-MailboxExportRequest -RequestQueue MBXDB01 -RequestGuid 25e0eaf2-6cc2-4353-b83e-5cb7b72d441f

Detailed Description

The parameter set that requires the Identity parameter allows you to remove a fully or partially completed export request.

The parameter set that requires the RequestGuid and RequestQueue parameters is used for Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Replication service (MRS) debugging purposes only.

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 "Import Export" entry in the Recipients Permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The Identity parameter specifies the identity of the export request. By default, export requests are named <alias>\MailboxExportX (where X = 0–9). Use the following syntax: <alias>\<name>.

You can't use this parameter in conjunction with the RequestGuid parameter.




The RequestGuid parameter specifies the unique identifier for the export request. To find the export request GUID, use the Get-MailboxExportRequest cmdlet. If you specify the RequestGuid parameter, you must also specify the RequestQueue parameter. You can't use this parameter in conjunction with the Identity parameter.




The RequestQueue parameter specifies the mailbox database on which the request is being performed. This parameter accepts the following values:

  • GUID of the database

  • Database name




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.




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.