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I need to run a series of queries for litigation purposes.  I wanted to test the export-mailbox feature so I emailed my self and others a message with test keyword "easter" in it.  Then I run the following command:

Export-Mailbox -Identity smithj -targetmailbox adminmailbox -ContentKeywords "easter" -targetfolder "discovery"

This causes a discovery folder to be created in the root of the adminmailbox.  In the discovery folder it creates a folder called "Recovered Data - smithj - timestamp".  It recreates the user's subfolder structure, but it does not export the test email I sent with the word "easter" in it. I have tried case-sensitive and non.  There are no errors on the query.  So it's running OK, just not returning data I know should be there.

The Search Indexer service is runing on the xchng server for what that's worth.

Any ideas?
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by:James H
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Where is the word  "easter" located? in the body or in the subject line.
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by:Geodash
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Try it with the "|" command - listed here and see if it works -

http://www.networksteve.com/exchange/topic.php/Export-Mailbox_error/?TopicId=18442&Posts=2
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by:James H
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If it's in the subject line, just add this to your query: -SubjectKeywords "easter"
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by:pclinuxguru
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Shouldn't it be:
Export-Mailbox -Identity smithj -targetmailbox adminmailbox -ContentKeywords "String[easter]" -targetfolder "discovery"
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by:Geodash
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you can run the command with the subject or content filter. It is a separate command depending on where you are querying from
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by:pclinuxguru
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If I remember correctly the ContentFilter part looks like -ContentFilter"String[words]" or -ContentFilter"[word]"

Been awhile. We have an archive device so it has been awhile since I had to look it up on exchange.
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rtownes earned 0 total points
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I never could get the query to perform correctly no matter what syntax I used.  Could be there is a problem with the indexing on the exchange server?? I ended up purchasing some software from Sherpa that worked perfectly.  The annoying thig is, that it's probably jus a GUI that runs some form of the commands I was running in the background.  At any rate, we needed info fast and the Sherpa sofware worked although very expensive.
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Gave up on getting the excnahge script to work and purchased third party software to do it.
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