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I am writing regarding the Exchange powershell commands.

When I want to use following cmdlets, I have to insert parameter -mailboxcredential

  • Test-OwaConnectivity
  • Test-OutlookWebServices
  • Test-ImapConnectivity
  • Test-PopConnectivity

In the Microsoft official site is written:

The MailboxCredential parameter specifies the mailbox credential for a single URL test.

I am not sure why this parameter is needed. I inserted incorrect credentials, however the command was finished successfully. Could you tell me reason why this parameter is needed?

Example (Wrong/incorrect credential)

[PS] C:\>Test-WebServicesConnectivity -ClientAccessServer EXhub1 -MailboxCredential (Get-Credential blablabla)

CasServer  LocalSite     Scenario        Result  Latency(MS) Error
---------  ---------     --------        ------  ----------- -----
EXhub1     Default-Fi... GetFolder       Failure             [System.Net.WebExcept...

Without parameter:

[PS] C:\>Test-WebServicesConnectivity -ClientAccessServer EXhub1
WARNING: Test user 'extest_91ef41d34eef4' isn't accessible, so this cmdlet won't be able to test Client Access server
Could not find or sign in with user ********\extest_91ef41d34eef4. If this task is being run without credentials,
sign in as a Domain Administrator, and then run Scripts\new-TestCasConnectivityUser.ps1 to verify that the user exists
on Mailbox server EXHUB1.******
+ CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (:) [Test-WebServicesConnectivity], CasHealthCouldN...edInfoException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : FB9A14B6,Microsoft.Exchange.Monitoring.TestWebServicesConnectivity
WARNING: No Client Access servers were tested.
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I don't know why you think your first command was succesful. It clearly states that the result was a failure:

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If you run:

Test-WebServicesConnectivity -ClientAccessServer EXhub1 -MailboxCredential (Get-Credential blablabla)|Format-List *

You'll get more information about exactly what's going on.

With the second request, as explained by Mathias in a comment below, it's trying to create an account called extest_91ef41d34eef4 to test the mailbox, which you cannot do unless you have the rights to create user accounts.

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He's not logged in as extest_91ef41d34eef4, that's a system-created user mailbox for the Test-* cmdlets. In order for it to work he just needs to log in as a Domain Admin – Mathias R. Jessen Mar 21 '12 at 0:49
Right, and it needs domain admin rights to create that user. I was mistaking it with that testexchangeconnectivity site. – Mark Henderson Mar 21 '12 at 1:02
Yes, you are right...Thank you very much. When I inserted correct credential, I can see good result with all information. Thanks – cotablise Mar 21 '12 at 8:46
One more thing... (-mailboxcredential) this parameter is used only for authentication, or is there some side effect ? Thanks in advance – cotablise Mar 21 '12 at 9:17

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