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On February 24, 2016
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When you use the Exchange Online Portal to move a cloud mailbox to on-premise (aka Office 365 Offboarding) you can either move

  • Primary Mailbox and the existing Archive
  • Primary Mailbox without moving the Archive

When you select the second option, the move request fails because of the missing archive target delivery domain. The required attribute is not exposed to the Exchange Online Administrative Center.

Office 365 off-boarding

The required option -ArchiveDomain can only be applied when using Remote PowerShell to Exchange Online.

The following lines describe how to move the primary mailbox to your opn-premise Exchange while keeping the archive mailbox in Office 365:

# UPN of user to migrate to Exchange Online
$User = ""

# FQDN of configured migration endpoint
$RemoteHost = ""

# on-premise target domain 
$TargetDelivery = ""

# EOL archive domain
$ArchiveDomain = ""

# on-premise target mailbox database name
$TargetDatabase = "MBX-DB01"

# Onpremise credentials to access the target mailbox/on-premise Exchange
$OnPremCred = Get-Credential

# New offboarding move request with automatic completion of the request 
New-MoveRequest -Identity $User -RemoteHostName $RemoteHost -RemoteCredential $OnPremCred -TargetDeliveryDomain $TargetDelivery -ArchiveDomain $ArchiveDomain -PrimaryOnly -SuspendWhenReadyToComplete:$false -Outbound -RemoteTargetDatabase $TargetDatabase

Your scripts can go from here.



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On February 17, 2016
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When you encounter a situation where the transport queues are filling up or you just want to get messages out of a transport queue for further usage, you have to export the messages to the file system.

With Exchange 2007 you could easily utilize the Export-Message cmdlet to export suspended messages from a transport queue:

Get-Message -Queue MYSERVER\29489 | ?{$_.Status -eq "Suspended"} | Export-Message -Path D:\MessageExport

With Exchange Server 2010 or newer the Path attribute had been removed from the Export-Message cmdlet. The cmdlet now returns a binary object that needs to be assembled to a readable text message.

You can only export suspended messages, as the transport service might take precedence on non suspended messages. You can either suspend the queue or suspend single messages. The following example for Exchange Server 2010 or newer suspends the messages, but not the queue itself.

Identify the queue holding messages to be exported

Beispiel: Auflistung der Warteschlage auf Server MCMEP01

Get-Queue -Server MCMEP01
Identity                   DeliveryType Status MessageCount Velocity RiskLevel OutboundIPPool NextHopDomain
--------                   ------------ ------ ------------ -------- --------- -------------- -------------
MCMEP01\18                 SmtpDeliv... Ready  0            0        Normal    0              MXEDB19
MCMEP01\23                 SmtpDeliv... Ready  0            0        Normal    0              MXEDB08
MCMEP01\24                 SmtpDeliv... Ready  0            0        Normal    0              MXEDB01
MCMEP01\25                 SmartHost... Ready  3            0        Normal    0              []
MCMEP01\53                 SmtpDeliv... Ready  0            0        Normal    0              MXEDB03
MCMEP01\Submission         Undefined    Ready  512          0        Normal    0              Submission
MCMEP01\Shadow\3           ShadowRed... Ready  2            0        Normal    0    
MCMEP01\Shadow\4           ShadowRed... Ready  2            0        Normal    0    
MCMEP01\Shadow\5           ShadowRed... Ready  3            0        Normal    0    
MCMEP01\Shadow\6           ShadowRed... Ready  2            0        Normal    0    
MCMEP01\Shadow\15          ShadowRed... Ready  1            0        Normal    0    

Suspend all Messages in Queue MCMEP01\Submission

Get-Queue MCMEP01\Submission | Get-Message ResultSize Unlimited | Suspend-Message

Fetch all messages to an array and export all messages to the local file system. You can either export all messages by just enumerating the messages or by using the message subject as the file name. Using the message subject posed the risk that the subject might contain a character that is not allowed for file names.

$array = @(Get-Message -Queue MCMEP01\Submission -ResultSize Unlimited | ?{$_.Status -eq "Suspened"})

$array | ForEach-Object {$m++;Export-Message $_.Identity | AssembleMessage -Path ("E:\Export\"+$m+".eml")}

$array | ForEach-Object {$m++;$filename="E:\Export\"+$m+"_"+$_.subject+".eml"; Export-Message $_.identity | AssembleMessage -path $filename}

The messages exported to the local file system can now be copied to the Exchange Transport Replay folder, which exists on each Exchange Server having an Exchange 2010 Hub Transport role or Exchange 2013/2016 Mailbox role.

  • $exinstall\TransportRoles\Replay

After successful export of all suspended messages you want to delete the suspended messages from the queue. Ensure to use -WithNDR $false as otherwise all senders will receive a Non Delivery Report (NDR).

Get-Queue MCMEP01\Submission | Get-Message -ResultSize Unlimited | ?{$_.Status -eq "Suspened"} | Remove-Message -WithNDR $false

Messages saved to the Replay folder will be picked up the transport service. When a messages is picked up, the file extension changes to .TMP. You will not be able to delete a file at this point as the file is locked by the transport service. After a message file has been processed successfully, the file is deleted by the transport service. If there is any issue with the message file the file extension will change to .BAD.


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Lastly I've encountered an interesting PowerShell error after upgrading several servers running Exchange Server 2013 CU9 to Exchange Server 2013 CU11.

After a successful upgrade, the Exchange PowerShell script to redistribute the DAG databases failed with an error.

.\RedistributeActiveDatabases.ps1 -DagName DAG01 -BalanceDbsByActivationPreference -Confirm:$false
Cannot process argument transformation on parameter 'Identity'. Cannot convert value "MAILBOXDB01" to type
"Microsoft.Exchange.Configuration.Tasks.DatabaseCopyIdParameter". Error: "Cannot convert hashtable to an object of the
following type: Microsoft.Exchange.Configuration.Tasks.DatabaseCopyIdParameter. Hashtable-to-Object conversion is not
supported in restricted language mode or a Data section."
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus], ParameterBindin...mationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentTransformationError,Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus
    + PSComputerName        :

The interesting part to note is conversion is not supported in restricted language mode

The supported language mode is configured in the application settings of the PowerShell virtual directory of the Exchange Back End website.

Exchange 2013 PowerShell Virtual Directory Application Settings 

The application settings after Exchange Server 2013 CU11 update:

Exchange PowerShell Virtual Directory PSLanguageMode - RestrictedLanguage

Running PSLanguageMode with value RestrictedLanguage is the default setting. You should change this setting only, if you encounter PowerShell issues.

Double-click PSLanguageMode and change the value to FullLanguage.

Exchange PowerShell Virtual Directory PSLanguageMode - FullLanguage

Currently I have not validation why a clean Exchange 2013 CU11 setup does not show this behaviour. A plain Exchange 2013 CU11 setup executes the script without any issues.



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The Outlook on the web S/MIME implementation supports a variation of encryption algorithms like

  • RC2 (supported key lengths are 40, 56, 64, and 128)
  • DES (56-bit)  
  • 3DES (168-bit)
  • AES128  
  • AES192  
  • AES256

When you want to configure the OWAEncryptionAlgorithms or OWASigningAlgorithms attributes to support more than one algorithm, you have to follow a certain format. The attribute itself is stored as String and not being validated when using Set-SMimeConfig. Beware of this when you configure S/MIME settings and the S/MIME Plugin is not available in your Outlook on the web client.

TechNet states clearly:

“If the encryption algorithm or minimum key length is not available on a client, Outlook on the web does not allow encryption.”


The string to used when configuring the OWAEncryptionAlgorithms for AES256 and AES128  is

Set-SmimeConfig –OWAEncryptionAlgorithms "6610;660E"

When not using quotation marks, you will receive an error message. But the cmdlet will accept a comma separated list. A comma separated list results in the follow Get-SMimeConfig output

Set-SmimeConfig –OWAEncryptionAlgorithms 6610,660E

OWAEncryptionAlgorithms                          : 660E 6610

This setting results in S/MIME not being available in Outlook on the web.


To successfully apply S/MIME configuration changes, restart the application or restart the Exchange server.

Get-ExchangeServer | ? { $_.AdminDisplayVersion -like '*15.*'} | % { Invoke-Command -ComputerName $_.Name -ScriptBlock {Restart-WebAppPool MSExchangeOWAAppPool} }


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