PowerShell has become one of the most important skills for an Exchange administrator to learn. If you’re not already starting to learn PowerShell, then you’re falling behind the industry.
It isn’t difficult to learn PowerShell. In fact, if you’ve ever run commands in a cmd prompt then you’ll be able to start using PowerShell straight away.
And Exchange Server administrators have an advantage of other IT pros, because the Exchange Management Console tells you the equivalent PowerShell commands to perform the same tasks in the shell that you just performed in the console.
Also, Exchange Server 2007 and 2010 are the two best products from Microsoft as far as the opportunities to use PowerShell on a daily basis.
Download Free Exchange PowerShell Scripts
In your daily routine there are bound to be multiple opportunities to streamline and automate some of your repetitive tasks into PowerShell scripts.
Developing a toolbox of your own PowerShell scripts can really improve your efficiency and value to your employer.
If you’re looking for a place to start check out this four part series on sending SMTP email from PowerShell scripts.
You can also check out some of these free PowerShell scripts, download them, read through the code and comments, and modify them for your own use:
- Get-MailboxReport.ps1 – PowerShell Script to Generate Mailbox Reports (31485 downloads)
- Test-ExchangeServerHealth – PowerShell Script to Generate a Health Check Report for Exchange Server 2010 (26169 downloads)
- Get-DAGHealth.ps1 – PowerShell Script to Generate a DAG Health Check Report (6754 downloads)
- Get-DailyBackupAlerts.ps1 – Check database backups and email if they have not run (4949 downloads)
- Get-EASDeviceReport.ps1 – Produces a report of ActiveSync devices in the organization
- Start-MailGen.ps1 – Test lab email traffic generator
- MailFlowHeatMap.ps1 – Creates a mail flow latency heat map
Getting Started with PowerShell for Microsoft Exchange Server
The best way to get started with PowerShell is to begin by taking some of your daily, routine tasks and performing them within the shell instead of the management console.
You can do this by simply taking notes as you perform a GUI administration task, copying the PowerShell commands that Exchange Server shows you, and then using the shell next time you complete that same task.
If you’re for a little more direction on using PowerShell for daily administration tasks check out the Exchange Server 2010 PowerShell Cookbook.
Get More PowerShell Tips for Exchange Administrators
Here are some recent posts relating to PowerShell:
- Exchange Server 2013 Configuration Management with PowerShell DSC
- PowerShell Tip: List Active Mailbox Database Copies for an Exchange Server Database Availability Group
- PowerShell Function to Connect to Office 365 Exchange Online
- PowerShell Tip: Create a PowerShell Profile
- Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus Displays Incorrect Activation Preference Value
- Test-ExchangeServerHealth.ps1 v1.10 is Now Available, Plus an Announcement
- Azure Active Directory Sync Report Script
- Moving Exchange Server 2013 Mailboxes
- Test-ExchangeServerHealth.ps1 v1.09 is Now Available
- Test-ExchangeServerHealth.ps1 v1.08 is Now Available
You might also want to read my guest article at PowerShell Magazine on the 5 Essential PowerShell Skills for Exchange Server Administrators.
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