Topic Last Modified: 2013-02-20

Enables you to specify a new database location for one or more Archiving Servers. This cmdlet was introduced in Lync Server 2010.


Set-CsArchivingServer [-Identity <XdsGlobalRelativeIdentity>] [-ArchivingDatabase <String>] [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-Force <SwitchParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]



The command shown in Example 1 changes the location of the Archiving database for the Archiving Server . In this example, the new database is located at

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Set-CsArchivingServer -Identity "" -ArchivingDatabase ""

Detailed Description

Archiving Servers provide a way for you to save complete transcripts of the instant messaging (IM) sessions that take place in your organization. In some organizations, it can be useful to have copies of these IM sessions. In other organizations, where records must be kept of all electronic communications, it can be mandatory to have copies of these IM sessions.

Archiving Server records the transcript of each IM session (as well as information about when the session took place, and who participated in the session) in a SQL Server database. The location of this database must be specified when you install Archiving Server; in most cases, you will not need to change the location of that database. However, if a hardware failure or other problem should occur, you can point Archiving Server to a new database by using the Set-CsArchivingServer cmdlet.

Who can run this cmdlet: By default, members of the following groups are authorized to run the Set-CsArchivingServer cmdlet locally: RTCUniversalServerAdmins. To return a list of all the role-based access control (RBAC) roles this cmdlet has been assigned to (including any custom RBAC roles you have created yourself), run the following command from the Windows PowerShell prompt:

Get-CsAdminRole | Where-Object {$_.Cmdlets –match "Set-CsArchivingServer"}


Parameter Required Type Description




Service location where the new Archiving database is located. For example: -ArchivingDatabase Make sure you use the service location and not the SQL Server path when specifying the database location.




Prompts you for confirmation before executing the command.




Suppresses the display of any non-fatal error message that might occur when running the command.




Service location of the Archiving Server instance to be modified. For example: -Identity You can retrieve the service location for all your Archiving servers by running this command:

Get-CsService –ArchivingServer | Select-Object Identity

Note that you can leave off the prefix "ArchivingServer:" when specifying an Archiving server. For example: -Identity "".




Describes what would happen if you executed the command without actually executing the command.

Input Types

None. The Set-CsArchivingServer cmdlet does not accept pipelined input.

Return Types

The Set-CsArchivingServer cmdlet does not return any objects or values. Instead, the cmdlet modifies instances of the Microsoft.Rtc.Management.Xds.DisplayArchivingServer object.

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