Export Mailbox Command Not Recognized In Exchange 2007 / 2010 / 2013

Srishty | September 24th, 2018 | Technology, Tips


In Exchange Environment, an Administrator or user can perform, multiple tasks regarding email communication and Mail server to manage user database and information of the Organization. To manage information and setting, a user either uses Exchange Admin Center (GUI interface) or use effective Powershell commands. Since to use Power-shell commands, user needs to be careful since if the command is not correct, then it leads to error and the command common error faced by Exchange user while moving mailbox data known as “term export-mailbox is not recognized as a cmdlet in Exchange” In this section, we try to figure the root cause of the error and how we can fix this error using manual approaches.

Export Mailbox Command Not Recognized in Exchange 2013 / 2010 / 2007

To Move user Mailbox database from Exchange, Administrator uses Powershell Command, But some user gets error prompt message with error code “the term ‘New-MailboxExportRequest’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.” while using the command “New-Mailbox ExportRequest” to migrate Exchange user mailbox

Root Cause of “Export Mailbox Command Not Recognized” Error

While using Power-shell command in the Exchange management console, the administrator needs to careful, since mostly this error occurs due to the following reason.

a) Incorrect Path of Source Mailbox
b) Permission Not granted to the user to Export Exchange mailboxes via Power Shell.
d) Incorrect path of Destination Folder, where Administrator needs to stores resulted in the file in.pst file format.

Fix Export Mailbox Command Not Recognized Prompt Error – Manual Approaches.

b) Incorrect path of Destination Folder, where Administrator needs to stores resulted in the file in.pst file format. Exchange user can fix this not recognized command error using some manual approaches, follow the correct commands and permission which is given below such as:

1. Import / Export Permission: To Export / Import mailboxes items or vice versa in Exchange environment, need to run permission commands first such as

New-ManagementRoleAssignment –Role “Mailbox Import Export” –User “DOMAIN\USER”

2. Provide Correct Syntax Path of Source & Destination:

Since mostly user gets an error due to the wrong file path, since as Destination Path (UNC path) username to provide
Shared Folder Path. (New-MailboxExportRequest -Mailbox “Target Mailbox” -FilePath “\\sharelocation\ <file://sharelocation/secedit.pst>TargetFolder .pst <file://sharelocation/secedit.pst>”).

XXXXX = Source Mailbox
YYYYY =  Destination File Path to save the result in Data

Automated Solution to Export Exchange Mailboxes

To overcome the above syntax “Export-mailbox not recognized in Exchange 2016, 2013, 2010 ” and permission issues of Power-shell commands, try an Automated solution offered by SysTools Exchange Export Tool, a reliable solution to export Live Exchange mailboxes to PST file format. No Powershell Commands, just use Simple & Easy Interface to access the Exchange environment in 2016, 2013, 2010, 2017 support from the utility. Some Silent Features of utility are given below:

Download Exchange Exporter

1. Export Complete Exchange Mailbox Items – Mails, Contacts, Calendar, Notes & Journal.
2. Support 32 bits & 64 bit Exchange Environment versions.
3. Preview Completed List of User Mailboxes along with Permission Details.
4. Folder Structure remained maintained while Exporting Process.


As we can see, moving mailbox database from Exchange environment can become complex tasks, if Exchange user doesn’t follow the Power-shell commands offered carefully by Exchange application. Since common mistakes such as a syntax error, permission issues can lead to this prompt error “export-mailbox is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet”, so the user need to careful while using the Export-Mailbox commands. A user can also try an automated solution to export live Exchange mailboxes to PST file format using SysTools Exchange Export Tool, support the latest version of Exchange 2016, 2013, 2010 environment.