Windows 2008 R2 Powershell AD Cmdlets

Widows 2008 R2 comes with powershell v2 by default. and added with 76 new Ad cmdlets and Ad provders

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -Name “OUname” -ProtectedFromAccidentalDeletion $true

This command creates new OU under the root. If we wanted created OU in specific path then we have to provide the pat. Below is the example of the same

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -Name “OUname” -Path “OU=AllUsers,dc=grayson,dc=test”  -ProtectedFromAccidentalDeletion $true

-ProtectedformAccidentDeletion $true help to protect the OU getting accidentially deleted.


Helps to get the details of the required OU


Helps to modify the OU


Helps to remove the required OU

Powershell to send email with delivery notification enabled

Powershell to send email with delivery notification enabled. Once mail is delivered to the recipient mailbox and delivery notification mail will be sent to the sender mailbox. Below powershell help you to atchive the same

$msg = new-object Net.Mail.MailMessage
$smtp = new-object Net.Mail.SmtpClient($smtpServer)
$msg.Headers.Add(“Disposition-Notification-To”, “”)
$msg.DeliveryNotificationOptions = “OnSuccess”
$msg.From = “”
$msg.Subject = “Make the Delivery Recipt Work Please”
$msg.Body = “In a perfect world this email will generate a delivery receipt”

Powershell to Settup ManagedFolderAssistantSchedule in all Exchange 2007 Mailbox Servers

The managed folder assistant is a Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Assistant that creates managed folders in users’ mailboxes and applies managed content settings to them. When the managed folder assistant is running, it processes all of the mailboxes on a server. If the managed folder assistant does not finish processing the mailboxes on the server during the time that you have scheduled, it automatically resumes processing where it left off the next time it runs. There is one managed folder assistant for each server

Get-ExchangeServer | Where { $_.AdminDisplayVersion.ToString().SubString(0, 10) -eq “Version 8.” `

-and $_.ServerRole -eq “Mailbox” } |

ForEach { Set-MailboxServer -Identity $_.Identity `

-ManagedFolderAssistantSchedule “Sun.1:00 AM-Sun.3:00 AM”, `

“Mon.1:00 AM-Mon.3:00 AM”, “Tue.1:00 AM-Tue.3:00 AM”, `

“Wed.1:00 AM-Wed.3:00 AM”, “Thu.1:00 AM-Thu.3:00 AM”, `

“Fri.1:00 AM-Fri.3:00 AM”, “Sat.1:00 AM-Sat.3:00 AM” }

LogParsing with Exchange SMTP Protocol Logs

SMTP Protocol logs are not enabled by default.  In Both Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007 SMTP Protocol logs need to be manually enabled.

In Exchange 2003 SMTP protocol logging is enabled on the SMTP Virtual Servers


Please download log parser from following link

Below log parser command help you to get list of servers connecting to Exchange 2003 server through SMTP

logparser “Select cs-username,count (*) as Hits from N:\ex0910.log GROUP BY cs-username ORDER BY Hits Desc” -o:DATAGRID

Below is the output it provides the list of server name and number of hits from that specific servers


Below mentioned article describes on how to enabled smtp protocol logging on Exchange 2007 and log files path

Below command helps you to get the list of servers connect to the exchange server for sending emails

logparser “select REVERSEDNS(EXTRACT_PREFIX(remote-endpoint,0,’:’)) as RemoteSendingHost, count(*) as Hits from RECV*.log group by RemoteSending Host order by Hits DESC” -i:CSV -nSkipLines:4  -o:DATAGRID

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SMTP Protocol Logging In Exchange 2007

Exchange Protocol Logging is not Enabled by Default in Exchange 2007. We have to enable the logging if required. Below powershell commands help you to enable the

Set-SendConnector “Send Connector Name” -ProtocolLoggingLevel verbose
Set-ReceiveConnector “Connector Name” -ProtocolLoggingLevel verbose

You can also enable the connector through Exchange Management Console.

EMC -> Exchange Orginization -> Hub Transport Servers -> Send connectors (tab) -> Right click on the required connector properties -> select Verbose


Location of STMP Logs in the below mentioned location
\Exchange Server\TransportRoles\Logs\ProtocolLog\SmtpReceive
\Exchange Server\TransportRoles\Logs\ProtocolLog\SmtpSend

Powershell Script to check Health Services running in all Exchange 2007 servers

Below power shell Command Gets Each of the Exchange 2007 Server in the Environment and Check the Health Services then display the status.  Exchange Services varies depend on the type of services installed. Mailbox Services , Hubtransport Servers, Client Access server has some common service and some unique services. Test-Serverhealth performs the health check only on required services depending on the type of server Installed.

foreach ($Server in $ExchServer)
echo $ (Test-ServiceHealth $Server)