In an Exchange Server 2010 environment it may be necessary to identify which mailbox users have the personal archive enabled.

This can be found easily in the Exchange Management Shell with this command.

[PS] C:\>Get-Mailbox | where {$_.ArchiveDatabase -ne $null}

Name                      Alias                ServerName       ProhibitSendQuota
----                      -----                ----------       -----------------
Paul Cunningham           Paul.Cunningham      ex2              unlimited
Alan.Reid                 Alan.Reid            ex2              unlimited
Alannah.Shaw              Alannah.Shaw         ex2              unlimited
Bozena.Kirton             Bozena.Kirton        ex2              unlimited
Diane.Jones               Diane.Jones          ex2              unlimited
Helen.Cail                Helen.Cail           ex2              4.688 GB (5,033,164,800 bytes)
Julian.Morozgalska        Julian.Morozgalska   ex2              unlimited
Maggie.Hengist            Maggie.Hengist       ex2              unlimited
Nicola.Clare              Nicola.Clare         ex2              unlimited
Sabi.Smith                Sabi.Smith           ex2              unlimited
Trevor.Reece              Trevor.Reece         ex2              unlimited

If you prefer the Exchange Management Console you can use a filter to display all of the archive enabled mailbox users.

Exchange Server 2010 filtered view for archive enabled mailbox users
Exchange Server 2010 filtered view for archive enabled mailbox users

You can also list all archive enabled users along with their archive mailbox settings.

[PS] C:\>Get-Mailbox | where {$_.ArchiveDatabase -ne $null} | ft name, archivedatabase, archivename, archivequota, archivewarningquota -AutoSize

Name               ArchiveDatabase     ArchiveName                           ArchiveQuota                 ArchiveWarnin
----               ---------------     -----------                           ------------                 -------------
Paul Cunningham    Mailbox Database 01 {Online Archive - Paul Cunningham}    50 GB (53,687,091,200 bytes) 45 GB (48,...
Alan.Reid          Mailbox Database 02 {Online Archive - Alan Reid}          50 GB (53,687,091,200 bytes) 45 GB (48,...
Alannah.Shaw       Mailbox Database 02 {Online Archive - Alannah Shaw}       50 GB (53,687,091,200 bytes) 45 GB (48,...
Bozena.Kirton      Mailbox Database 02 {Online Archive - Bozena Kirton}      50 GB (53,687,091,200 bytes) 45 GB (48,...
Diane.Jones        Mailbox Database 02 {Online Archive - Diane Jones}        50 GB (53,687,091,200 bytes) 45 GB (48,...
Helen.Cail         Mailbox Database 02 {Online Archive - Helen Cail}         50 GB (53,687,091,200 bytes) 45 GB (48,...
Julian.Morozgalska Mailbox Database 01 {Online Archive - Julian Morozgalska} 50 GB (53,687,091,200 bytes) 45 GB (48,...
Maggie.Hengist     Mailbox Database 01 {Online Archive - Maggie Hengist}     50 GB (53,687,091,200 bytes) 45 GB (48,...
Nicola.Clare       Mailbox Database 01 {Online Archive - Nicola Clare}       50 GB (53,687,091,200 bytes) 45 GB (48,...
Sabi.Smith         Mailbox Database 01 {Online Archive - Sabi Smith}         50 GB (53,687,091,200 bytes) 45 GB (48,...
Trevor.Reece       Mailbox Database 01 {Online Archive - Trevor Reece}       50 GB (53,687,091,200 bytes) 45 GB (48,...

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  1. Natalie Frith

    Comments for this blog post are now closed; please contact for any additional questions and comments, thank you.

  2. Jeff A.

    I figured it out with this command.

    Get-RemoteMailbox -ResultSize Unlimited | ?{$_.RemoteRecipientType -eq ‘ProvisionArchive, Migrated’} | ft -AutoSize -Wrap

  3. Jeff A.

    In a Exchange 2013 Hybrid mode and trying to get a list of all users with Online Archive enabled. So far I have this command for EMS.

    Get-RemoteMailbox | Format-list name,RemoteRecipientType | ProvisionArchive

    But it is not working.


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      Paul Cunningham

      That doesn’t look like valid PowerShell syntax to me. Once you’ve used Format-List (or any Format-*) you can’t pipe to other cmdlets.

  4. AC

    Very helpful indeed! Anyways, trying to do some Export-CSV stuffs and I’m receiving this kind of result for my archivename: Microsoft.Exchange.Data.MultiValuedProperty`1[System.String]. Any scripts on how I can break this?

  5. MScarn


    Thank you for this post and your help. I was wondering if there is a shell command that identifies all users with full mailboxes. So in other words, they can no longer receive new email unless they free space in their inbox’s.

    Thank you

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      Paul Cunningham

      For Exchange 2010, the Get-MailboxStatistics cmdlet will return a “StorageLimitStatus” attribute that will indicate whether they are above or below the storage quotas for their mailbox.

  6. Mohammad Ahmad

    How to get the list for the users in particular OU ?

    1. Ryan Chau

      Try this:

      Get-mailbox -OrganizationalUnit “OU=YourOU,DC=YourDomain,DC=com” -ResultSize Unlimited | where {$_.archivedatabase -ne $null}

  7. Jolivette

    Great writeup but I’m having an issue exporting to csv?
    Get-Mailbox -ResultSize unlimited | where {$_.ArchiveDatabase -ne $null} |ft name,archivedatabase | Export-Csv C:TempArchiveExport.csv -NoTypeInformation

    1. Jolivette

      I figured it out. The key was to use “select-object” and not format-table or format-list

  8. seps1816

    Thanks for the awesome article! Really helped me out!

  9. Dirk Haex

    you could start a mailboxexport request for the mailbox.
    Then you could do another mailbox export request for the archive to be written into the PST of the mailbox.
    After all this you could turn around to process with a mailbox import request of the PST (merged mailbox & archive)

  10. Paul

    What would be the command to export the archive mail from the archive mailbox back into the users active mailbox or how would you do this manually?

  11. Wes


    Those are active text boxes, so you can copy the commands.
    From first box copied just now:
    Get-Mailbox | where {$_.ArchiveDatabase -ne $null}


  12. jm


    Thanks interesting. You might want to add the command elsewhere than just in a screenshot.
    I mean, it would be useful to be able to copy it right? 🙂

      1. brad

        I think the comment above is just asking that the command is in the post so it can easily be copied (instead of it just in the screen clip). Something like: Get-Mailbox -ResultSize unlimited | where {$_.archivedatabase -ne $null}

        Helpful article, thanks.

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          Paul Cunningham

          Those aren’t screenshots. The commands can already be copied as text in the post.

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