I'm horribly failing at exporting Exchnange Mailboxes to PST files. Perhaps You are able to help me?

The System

I'm running some legacy machines here. The one I'm currently working on (CurrentDC) is a Windows 2008 R2 Server with Exchange 2010 on it. Exchange seems to be poorly patched:

[PS] C:\>get-exchangeserver

Name                Site                 ServerRole  Edition     AdminDisplayVersion
----                ----                 ----------  -------     -------------------
OldDC                                    None        Enterprise  Version 6.5 (Bui...
CurrentDC           company.local        Mailbox,... Enterprise  Version 14.0 (Bu...

The Problem

After some trouble I managed to get the Export-Mailbox command run:

[PS] C:\>Export-Mailbox -Identity marco -PSTFolderPath C:\ExchangeExport

According to several Websites that seems to be the right command to export the mailbox of the user "marco" to "C:\ExchangeExport".

But after running the command an error occurs (I'm sorry, it is the german version of Windows 2008 - but if you translate Fehler with error and Vorgang with process you should be prepared enough to go ;))

[PS] C:\Export-Mailbox -Identity marco -PSTFolderPath C:\ExchangeExport
Fehler für Marco S (Marco.S@company.de). Ursache: Fehler bei diesem Vorgang., Fehlercode: -2147467259.
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidOperation: (0:Int32) [Export-Mailbox], RecipientTaskException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : 2317FD3A,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.RecipientTasks.ExportMailbox

RunspaceId                       : 44415363-371e-44a1-a682-61e6a9b90c86
Identity                         : company.local/Company User/Marco S
DistinguishedName                : CN=Marco S,OU=Company User,DC=company,DC=local
DisplayName                      : Marco S
Alias                            : marco
LegacyExchangeDN                 : /o=Erste Organisation/ou=Erste administrative Gruppe/cn=Recipients/cn=marco
PrimarySmtpAddress               : Marco.S@company.de
SourceServer                     : CurrentDC.company.local
SourceDatabase                   : Mailbox Database 0279110169
SourceGlobalCatalog              : CurrentDC
SourceDomainController           :
TargetGlobalCatalog              : CurrentDC
TargetDomainController           :
TargetMailbox                    :
TargetServer                     :
TargetDatabase                   :
MailboxSize                      : 0 B (0 bytes)
IsResourceMailbox                : False
SIDUsedInMatch                   :
SMTPProxies                      :
SourceManager                    :
SourceDirectReports              :
SourcePublicDelegates            :
SourcePublicDelegatesBL          :
SourceAltRecipient               :
SourceAltRecipientBL             :
SourceDeliverAndRedirect         :
MatchedTargetNTAccountDN         :
IsMatchedNTAccountMailboxEnabled :
MatchedContactsDNList            :
TargetNTAccountDNToCreate        :
TargetManager                    :
TargetDirectReports              :
TargetPublicDelegates            :
TargetPublicDelegatesBL          :
TargetAltRecipient               :
TargetAltRecipientBL             :
TargetDeliverAndRedirect         :
Options                          : Default
SourceForestCredential           :
TargetForestCredential           :
TargetFolder                     :
PSTFilePath                      : C:\ExchangeExport\marco.pst
RecoveryMailboxGuid              :
RecoveryMailboxLegacyExchangeDN  :
RecoveryMailboxDisplayName       :
RecoveryDatabaseGuid             :
StandardMessagesDeleted          : 0
AssociatedMessagesDeleted        : 0
DumpsterMessagesDeleted          : 0
MoveType                         : ExportToPST
MoveStage                        : Validation
StartTime                        : 05.10.2012 13:55:46
EndTime                          : 05.10.2012 13:55:46
StatusCode                       : -2147467259
StatusMessage                    : Fehler bei diesem Vorgang.
ReportFile                       : C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Logging\MigrationLogs\export-Mailbox20121005-135545-8170000.xml
ServerName                       : CurrentDC.company.local

What I have done

Well, I must say I'm quite clueless. I was wondering why MailboxSize is 0 - so I checked it:

[PS] C:\>Get-MailboxStatistics marco | ft DisplayName, TotalItemSize, ItemCount

DisplayName       TotalItemSize                  ItemCount
-----------       -------------                  ---------
Marco S           473 MB (496,011,572 bytes)          4173

Well, this i not 0 bytes - but I don't know what to do with this information.

Also I had a look at the ReportFile mentioned in the output:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <StartTime>10.05.2012 14:19:12</StartTime>
    <Options Identity="marco" PSTFolderPath="C:\ExchangeExport" DeleteContent="False" DeleteAssociatedMessages="False" GlobalCatalog="CurrentDC" MaxThreads="4" BadItemLimit="0" ValidateOnly="False" IncludeFolders="" ExcludeFolders="" StartDate="01.01.0001 00:00:00" EndDate="31.12.9999 23:59:59" SubjectKeywords="" ContentKeywords="" AllContentKeywords="" AttachmentFilenames="" SenderKeywords="" RecipientKeywords="" Locale="" />
    <Item MailboxName="Marco S">
        <Identity>company.local/Company User/Marco S</Identity>
        <DistinguishName>CN=Marco Sc,OU=Company User,DC=company,DC=local</DistinguishName>
        <DisplayName>Marco S</DisplayName>
        <LegacyExchangeDN>/o=Erste Organisation/ou=Erste administrative Gruppe/cn=Recipients/cn=marco</LegacyExchangeDN>
        <SourceDatabase>Mailbox Database 0279110169</SourceDatabase>
      <MailboxSize>0 B (0 bytes)</MailboxSize>
      <Result IsWarning="False" ErrorCode="-2147467259">Fehler bei diesem Vorgang.</Result>
    <EndTime>10.05.2012 14:19:13</EndTime>
    <TotalSize>0 B (0 bytes)</TotalSize>
    <Result ErrorCount="1" CompletedCount="0" WarningCount="0" />

Do you have any clue?

<UPDATE> Regarding to the answer from downthepub I tried to use UNC paths - no change. Also I tried installing the management tools to a client and run the scripts from there - no way, too. </UPDATE>

Thanks a lot for reading this mess!

  • Just a thought, could it be reporting mailbox size as zero because the account doing the export request doesn't have permission to access the mailbox?
    – MikeAWood
    Oct 12 '12 at 7:23
  • @MikeAWood nice thought - I just tested this by opening the powershell with "Run as another user" and started ps as "company\marco". The result is exactly the same :(
    – Chake
    Oct 15 '12 at 11:25
  • Just another thought, I think you might need to give the task a UNC rather than a local path. In the never version of Exchange 2010, using New-MailboxExportRequest, you have to use a UNC because of the way the export gets farmed out on the server(s).
    – MikeAWood
    Oct 17 '12 at 1:26
  • downthepub mentioned UNC path in his answer too. I tested it with UNC paths but had no luck :(
    – Chake
    Oct 17 '12 at 10:14
  • check this link, you probably don't have the correct rbac settings. korneel.nl/?p=28
    – tony roth
    Nov 28 '12 at 21:00

Rather than [PS] C:\>Export-Mailbox -Identity marco -PSTFolderPath C:\ExchangeExport

use [PS] C:\>Export-Mailbox -Identity marco -PSTFolderPath \\server\share The target path needs to be passed as a UNC path rather than with drive letters. Also, there's a bug with exporting when the CAS role is installed, so install the Management Tools to a separate computer and run the cmdlets from there.

  • Thanks for your suggestions, but this doesn't work. Also I'm a little bit puzzled with the use of UNC pahts. The article you linked also uses "drive letter notation".
    – Chake
    Oct 8 '12 at 13:38
  • Good point, it was linked primarily for verbiage on the CAS/Export-PST bug, but now I notice the drive letter notation. Sorry for any confusion!
    – downthepub
    Oct 8 '12 at 15:10

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