Searching Message Tracking Logs in Exchange Server

How to use Get-MessageTrackingLog in many ways

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If you want to search for message delivery information on Exchange Server, you can use Exchange Management Console. Unfortunately, the Tracking Log tool in Exchange Management Console (EMC) doesn’t allow to use wildcard characters when trying to search of mails that has been sent or received from a certain domain. Exchange Management Console can only handle a specific user.

However, by using Get-MessageTrackingLog cmdlet you can resolve this limitation. The Get-MessageTrackingLog cmdlet provides two parameters for specifying sender and recipient email addresses as search criteria.


Below some examples command of Get-MessageTrackingLog. You need to run this command on Exchange Management Shell

Find emails log from a particular sender in the last hour:

Get-MessageTrackingLog -Sender support@msnoob -Start (Get-Date).AddHours(-1) 

Find emails log and filter based on sender domain:

get-messagetrackinglog | where {[string]$_.recipients -like "*"} 

Find all emails log from a particular sender between a certain time period:

get-messagetrackinglog -sender -Start "02/24/2019 09:00:00" -End "02/25/2019 17:00:00" |ft Timestamp, Source, Sender, Recipients, MessageSubject 

Find all emails log in specific time period and mails sent to any user under “” domain:

Get-MessageTrackingLog -ResultSize Unlimited -Start "02/24/2019" -End  
"02/25/2019" | where {$_.recipients –like "*"} | select-object Timestamp,SourceContext,Source,EventId,MessageSubject,Sender,{$_.Recipients}

The Get-MessageTrackingLog results are displayed on-screen. You can write the results to a file by piping the output to ConvertTo-Html or ConvertTo-Csv and adding “> ” to the command.

For Example you want to export the result of emails log from a particular sender in the last hour:

Get-MessageTrackingLog -Sender support@msnoob -Start (Get-Date).AddHours(-1) | export-csv C:tempMessageTrackingLogResults.csv 

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