Applies to: Exchange Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2012-10-12

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Setup creates a Discovery mailbox by default. Discovery mailboxes are used as target mailboxes for In-Place eDiscovery searches in the Exchange Administration Center (EAC). You can create additional Discovery mailboxes as required. A Discovery mailbox can't be repurposed or converted to another type of mailbox. You can remove a Discovery mailbox as you would any other type of mailbox.

After a discovery manager copies the results of an In-Place eDiscovery search to a Discovery mailbox, the mailbox can potentially contain sensitive information. You should control access to Discovery mailboxes and make sure only authorized users can access them.

For additional management tasks related to In-Place eDiscovery, see In-Place eDiscovery Procedures.

What do you need to know before you begin?

  • Estimated time to complete: 1 minute.

  • You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the "Creating discovery mailboxes" entry in Messaging Policy and Compliance Permissions topic.

  • You can’t use the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) for this procedure. You must use the Shell.

  • For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the procedures in this topic, see Keyboard Shortcuts in the Exchange Admin Center.

Having problems? Ask for help in the Exchange forums. Visit the forums at: Exchange Server, Exchange Online, or Exchange Online Protection

Use the Shell to create a Discovery mailbox

This example creates the Discovery mailbox SearchResults.

Copy Code
New-Mailbox SearchResults -Discovery -UserPrincipalName

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see New-Mailbox.

This example lists all Discovery mailboxes in an Exchange organization.

Copy Code
Get-Mailbox -Resultsize unlimited -Filter {RecipientTypeDetails -eq "DiscoveryMailbox"}

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Get-Mailbox.