Exchange 2016 Visual Message Tracking with PowerShell Parameter Out-GridView

Exchange 2016 Visual Message Tracking with PowerShell Parameter Out-Gridview

Applies to Exchange 2016 RTM

Problem:
Lack of Message Tracking Log Explorer Tool is the number 1 inadequacy Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2016. No discussion here. In this post I want to mention Out-Gridview view of Exchange Shell which help admins to get visual version of message tracking. Although it does not give us the same functionality with Message Tracking Log Explorer but it may help

A WorkAround:

Run the following command in Exchange Shell in a single line. Which contains same fields in order as Exchange 2010 Message Tracking Log Explorer

Get-MessageTrackingLog -Server Exc -Start “Jan 1 2015” -sender “DenizC@contoso.com” -resultsize unlimited | select-object

Timestamp,Eventid,Source,SourceContext,MessageId,MessageSubject,Sender,Recipients,InternalMessageId,ClientIP,

ClientHostname,ServerIp,ServerHostname,RecipientStatus,TotalBytes,RecipientCount,

RelatedRecipientAddress,Reference,ReturnPath,MessageInfo | Out-Gridview

Out-Gridview parameter creates a grid window as below:

OutgRidView

 

Some Features:
-Can create filters based on fields. (Filtering is so fast)
-Can sort the colons by clicking on field names
-Can change the colon order by drag and drop
-Copy/Paste available. Can select multiple line with SHIFT key and use CTRL+C then paste lines to notepad. (I like this feature very much that was not available on good old Message Tracking Log Explorer.)

More Info:
– Don’t forget to select correct server with -Server parameter. I recommend using the server where sender’s (or recipient’s) database is mounted
-Of course we cannot select and continue to track a line like Message Tracking Log Explorer
-We want our good old Message Tracking Log Explorer back! Not for us, especially for support operators!

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2 Responses to Exchange 2016 Visual Message Tracking with PowerShell Parameter Out-GridView

  1. Seb says:

    So helpfull! Thanks a lot!

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