3 Microsoft Exchange Administration Tasks to Perform with Windows PowerShell
Many small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises rely on Microsoft Exchange for their organizational communications system. As an Exchange administrator, there are a lot of things you can do with Windows PowerShell to make Exchange management easier.
We’ve compiled this helpful list of Petri IT Knowledgebase articles from our community-vetted experts that include Jeffery Hicks and Phoummala Schmitt on task-based solutions that can be used within your Exchange environment.
Generating Test Data for Exchange 2010 with PowerShell
Most IT admins would agree that maintaining a test environment is an essential task. A bigger challenge is making sure that your test environment simulates the production environment as much as possible. This challenge is much more achievable with Jeffery Hick’s solutions for simulating user logons with PowerShell. He’s also provided some great tips on how to create test data to send mail messages with PowerShell, along with advice for scaling and testing those workloads.
Say Goodbye to Traditional PC Lifecycle Management
Traditional IT tools, including Microsoft SCCM, Ghost Solution Suite, and KACE, often require considerable custom configurations by T3 technicians (an expensive and often elusive IT resource) to enable management of a hybrid onsite + remote workforce. In many cases, even with the best resources, organizations are finding that these on-premise tools simply cannot support remote endpoints consistently and reliably due to infrastructure limitations.
Creating Exchange 2010 Reports with PowerShell
You can simplify your Exchange reporting with PowerShell in several different ways. There’s quick and easy solutions for grabbing mailbox size reports for one or multiple mailboxes, or writing some PowerShell that meets your needs. You can also dive into a single mailbox to grab meaningful statistics with PowerShell. You can also apply many of the techniques you’d use for individual mailbox statistics on a larger scale for multiple mailboxes as well. And if you’re feeling ambitious, you can grab information for Exchange Server reports, too.
Deleting Email from Exchange Mailboxes with PowerShell
With Exchange 2010 and 2013, Microsoft included a capability that makes it easy for Exchange administrators to discretely cleanup user mailboxes. There’s certainly situations where it’s warranted, as it’s sometimes all too easy to accidentally send an email to, say, an entire distribution list. With that said, Phoummala Schmitt has some great advice on how to delete email from Exchange mailboxes with PowerShell.
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