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Hello,

I have a basic script that searches all mailboxes on our exchange server. How can I limit the search criteria to an exact match?

Search-Mailbox -SearchQuery 'Subject: "TEST"', 'Body: "Test"' -targetmailbox "jbuzzetta" -targetfolder "inbox" -logonly -loglevel full

Results for test, testify, retest will all show up.

I'd like to see only TEST.
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by:David Carr
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Check that search is running and has a completed index.  look for Event ID 110 in logs to confirm completion.
Test-ExchangeSearch -Identity user@domain.com

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For subject searching syntax should be
Search-Mailbox -SearchQuery subject:"Test" -TargetMailbox Administrator -TargetFolder SearchLogs -LogOnly -LogLevel Full

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by:Subsun
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I think what you are taking is the default behavior for Search-mailbox.. You need to add more condition to narrow down your search..
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Search-Mailbox -Identity subsun -SearchQuery 'from:subsuntest AND sent:6/11/2013 AND Subject:"Test mail"' -TargetMailbox Adminmailbox -TargetFolder SearchLogs -LogOnly -LogLevel Full

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by:susnewyork
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PowerShell can't find exact strings excluding extra string data from the search? That sounds like basic functionality. I'd expect that I'd have to use -like to get the results that subject:"Test" is giving.
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Search-Mailbox wont suport those operators or any RegEX.. Also the command wont pass any subject propery to pipeline so we cannot filter it..
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BTB if you are just trying to export the mails then you can try New-MailboxExportRequest with parameter ContentFilter, it allows you to filter the messages based on subject..

Refer :
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff607299(v=exchg.141).aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff601762(v=exchg.141).aspx
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