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Returns information about how (or if) instant messaging (IM) sessions are archived in your organization. Among other things, the Get-CsArchivingConfiguration cmdlet tells you whether or not IM session archiving has been enabled and, if so, whether IM has been designed to automatically shut down if your Archiving Server is unavailable and instant messages cannot be archived.


Get-CsArchivingConfiguration [-Identity <XdsIdentity>] [-LocalStore <SwitchParameter>]
Get-CsArchivingConfiguration [-Filter <String>] [-LocalStore <SwitchParameter>]


Parameter Required Type Description




Indicates the unique identifier for the collection of archiving settings you want to return. To refer to the global settings use this syntax: -Identity global. To refer to a collection configured at the site scope, use syntax similar to this: -Identity site:Redmond. Note that you cannot use wildcards when specifying an Identity. If you need to use wildcards, then include the Filter parameter instead.

If this parameter is not specified, then Get-CsArchivingConfiguration will return a collection of all the archiving configuration settings in use in the organization.




Enables you to use wildcard characters in order to return a collection (or multiple collections) of archiving configuration settings. To return a collection of all the settings configured at the site scope, use this syntax: -Filter site:*. To return a collection of all the settings that have the string value "Canada" somewhere in their Identity (the only property you can filter on) use this syntax: -Filter "*Canada*".




This parameter is for testing purposes only.

Detailed Description

Many organizations find it useful to keep a transcript of all the IM sessions carried out by their users (or a selected subset of users). For other organizations, it’s mandatory to keep such transcripts. For example, many organizations in the financial world are required by law to keep copies of all their electronic communications.

Microsoft Communications Server 2010 gives you flexibility when it comes to archiving IM and Web conferencing sessions. If you have deployed Archiving Server, you can use the various CsArchivingConfiguration cmdlets to enable and disable instant message archiving and to manage your archiving database. You can also suspend IM should archiving fail; this helps to ensure that you keep a record of all your electronic communications.

In order to archive IM sessions, you must set up at least one Archiving Server. After the Archiving Server is set up, you must perform two additional steps. First, you need to enable IM at the appropriate scope (for details, see the Set-CsArchivingConfiguration topic). This might be the global scope; however, you can also configure custom archiving settings for different sites. If you do this, keep in mind that site settings always take precedence over global settings. For example, suppose your global archiving configuration enables archiving, but the site configuration settings for Redmond disable archiving. In that case, users in the Redmond site will not have their IM session transcripts archived. That’s because the site settings (disable archiving) override the global settings (enable archiving).

Second, you must use archiving policies to indicate which users will have their IM sessions archived. What happens if you enable archiving but do not assign any users a policy that specifies that their IM sessions should be archived? Literally, nothing happens: IM sessions will not be archived unless a policy is in force that requires IM sessions to be archived. For more information, type "Get-Help Set-CsArchivingPolicy -full" (without the quote marks) from the Microsoft Windows PowerShell command line interface.

With the Get-CsArchivingConfiguration cmdlet, you can determine how IM session archiving has been configured in your organization.

Return Types

Get-CsArchivingConfiguration returns instances of the Microsoft.Rtc.Management.WriteableConfig.Settings.Archiving.ArchivingSettings object.


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The command shown in Example 1 returns a collection of all the archiving configuration settings in use in your organization.

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Get-CsArchivingConfiguration -Identity site:Redmond

In the preceding example, the -Identity parameter is used to limit the returned collection of archiving configuration settings to those settings that have the Identity site:Redmond.

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Get-CsArchivingConfiguration -Filter site:*

In the example shown above, the -Filter parameter is used to limit the returned collection of archiving configuration settings to those settings that have been configured at the site scope. The parameter value site:* limits the returned items to those that have an Identity that starts with the string value "site:".

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Get-CsArchivingConfiguration | Where-Object {$_.EnableArchiving -ne "None"}

This example uses Get-CsArchivingConfiguration to return a collection of all the archiving configuration settings that have been enabled for use in your organization. To do that, the command first calls Get-CsArchivingConfiguration, without any parameters, in order to return a collection of all your archiving configuration settings. That collection is then piped to the Where-Object cmdlet, which applies a filter that limits the returned data to those collections where the EnableArchiving property is not equal to (-ne) "None". If EnableArchiving is set to "None", archiving has been disabled. If this property is set to any other value (either "IMOnly" or "ImAndWebConf") that means that archiving has been enabled.