exchange server global search

does exchange 2010 have any features to search all mailboxes in a database for a specific phrase? if so what feature in exchange allows you to do so? And can you export the search results easily?
Do the searches take an eternity to run if you have a large number of mailboxes?
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

have a read of this, how long it takes depends on the amount of data and speed of machine

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Specifically for this you use the Powershell cmdlet Search-Mailbox. See an example below...

Depending on how large your Exchange environment is and also the number of mailboxes and Items in these mailboxes will determine the length of the search. If you are searching all mailboxes it could take awhile.

The example below will search all mailboxes for emails with a Subject that has "Your bank Statement" and produce a log in the SearchAndDeleteLog folder.
Get-Mailbox -ResultSize "unlimited" |
Search-Mailbox-SearchQuery "Subject:'Your bank statement'" -TargetMailbox "administrator" -TargetFolder "SearchAndDeleteLog" -LogOnly -LogLevel Full

Open in new window

You can also use the GUI as well but you have more flexibility with powershell.

For additional examples for Search-Mailbox cmdlet use the following command...
Get-Help Search-Mailbox -examples

Open in new window

It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.