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Exchange Log Collector

Download the latest release: ExchangeLogCollector.ps1

This script is intended to collect the Exchange default logging data from the server in a consistent manner to make it easier to troubleshoot an issue when large amounts of data is needed to be collected. You can specify what logs you want to collect by the switches that are available, then the script has logic built in to determine how to collect the data.

How to Run

The script must be run as Administrator in PowerShell session on an Exchange Server or Tools box. Supported to run and collected logs against Exchange 2013 and greater. The intent of the script is to collect logs only that you need from X servers quickly without needing to have to manually collect it yourself and label zip them all up for you. If you don't know what logs to collect, it is recommended to use -AllPossibleLogs.

This script no longer supports collecting logs from Exchange 2010. However, the last release of v2 should still work just fine. You can download that here.

The script is able to collect from the large set of servers while using the Invoke-Command. Prior to executing the main script, we check to make sure the server is up and that we are able to use Invoke-Command against the server. If Invoke-Command works remotely, then we will allow you to attempt to collect the data. You can still utilize the script to collect locally as it used to be able to, if the target OS doesn't allow this.

Prior to collecting the data, we check to make sure that there is at least 10GB of free space at the location of where we are trying to save the data of the target server. The script will continue to keep track of all the logs and data that is being copied over and will stop if we have less than 10GB of free space.

You are able to use a config file to load up all the parameters you wish to choose and the servers you wish to run the script against. Just create a file called ExchangeLogCollector.ps1.json and place at the same location as the script. Then provide the switches you would like to use in the file like so:

  "Servers": [
  "FilePath": "C:\\MS_Logs",
  "IISLogs": true,
  "AppSysLogsToXml": false,
  "ScriptDebug": true

NOTE: It is import that you use \\ for the file path otherwise the settings will fail to load.


This cmdlet will collect all default logs of the local Exchange Server and store them in the default location of "C:\MS_Logs_Collection"

.\ExchangeLogCollector.ps1 -AllPossibleLogs

This cmdlet will collect all relevant data regarding database fail overs from server EXCH1 and EXCH2 and store them at Z:\Data\Logs. Note: at the end of the collection, the script will copy over the data to the local host execution server to make data collection even easier.

.\ExchangeLogCollector.ps1 -DatabaseFailoverIssue -Servers EXCH1,EXCH2 -FilePath Z:\Data\Logs

This cmdlet will collect all relevant data regarding IIS Logs (within the last 3 days by default) and all RPC type logs from the servers EXCH1 and EXCH2 and store them at the default location of "C:\MS_Logs_Collection"

.\ExchangeLogCollector.ps1 -Servers EXCH1,EXCH2 -IISLogs -RPCLogs

This cmdlet will collect all relevant data regarding Message Tracking Logs and Protocol Logs for the past 3 hours from the servers EXCH1 and EXCH2 and store them at the default location of "C:\MS_Logs_Collection"

.\ExchangeLogCollector.ps1 -Servers EXCH1,EXCH2 -MessageTrackingLogs -ProtocolLogs -LogAge "03:00:00"


Parameter Description
FilePath The Location of where you would like the data to be copied over to. This location must be the same and accessible on all servers if you use the Servers parameter. Default value: C:\MS_Logs_Collection
Servers An array of servers that you would like to collect data from.
AcceptedRemoteDomain Enable to collect Get-AcceptedDomain and Get-RemoteDomain.
ADDriverLogs Enable to collect AD Driver Logs. Location: V15\Logging\ADDriver
AppSysLogs Collects the Windows Event Application, System, and MSExchange Management Logs. Default value $true
AppSysLogsToXml Collects the Windows Event Application and System and saves them out to XML. The time range only is from the time the script run and the value set on LogAge. Default value: $true
AutoDLogs Enable to collect AutoDiscover Logs. Location: V15\Logging\Autodiscover and V15\Logging\HttpProxy\Autodiscover
CollectFailoverMetrics Enable to run the CollectOverMetrics.ps1 script against the DAG. Only able to be run on an Exchange tools box or an Exchange Server.
DAGInformation Enable to collect the DAG Information from all different DAGs that are in the list of servers.
DailyPerformanceLogs Enable to collect Daily Performance Logs. Default Location: V15\Logging\Diagnostics\DailyPerformanceLogs
DefaultTransportLogging Enables the following switches and their logs to be collected. AcceptedRemoteDomain, FrontEndConnectivityLogs, FrontEndProtocolLogs, HubConnectivityLogs, MailboxConnectivityLogs, MailboxDeliveryThrottlingLogs, MessageTrackingLogs, PipelineTracingLogs, QueueInformation, ReceiveConnectors, SendConnectors, TransportConfig, TransportRoutingTableLogs, and TransportRules
EASLogs Enable to collect Exchange Active Sync Logging. Location: V15\Logging\HttpProxy\Eas
ECPLogs Enable to collect ECP Logs. Location: V15\Logging\ECP and V15\Logging\HttpProxy\Ecp
EWSLogs Enable to collect EWS Logs. Location: V15\Logging\HttpProxy\Ews and V15\Logging\Ews
ExchangeServerInformation Enable to collect Exchange Information like Get-ExchangeServer, Get-MailboxServer, etc... This is also collected when -ServerInformation is also enabled.
ExMon Enable to collect ExMon data from the server.
ExPerfWiz Enable to collect ExPerfWiz data if found.
FrontEndConnectivityLogs Enable to collect the connectivity logging on the FE. Location: (Get-FrontendTransportService $server).ConnectivityLogPath
FrontEndProtocolLogs Enable to collect the protocol logging on the FE. Location: (Get-FrontendTransportService $server).ReceiveProtocolLogPath and (Get-FrontendTransportService $server).SendProtocolLogPath
GetVDirs Enable to collect the Virtual Directories of the environment.
HighAvailabilityLogs Enable to collect High Availability Logs. Windows Event Logs like: Microsoft-Exchange-HighAvailability, Microsoft-Exchange-MailboxDatabaseFailureItems, and Microsoft-Windows-FailoverClustering
HubConnectivityLogs Enable to collect the Hub connectivity logging. Location: (Get-TransportService $server).ConnectivityLogPath
HubProtocolLogs Enable to collect the protocol logging. Location: (Get-TransportService $server).ReceiveProtocolLogPath and (Get-TransportService $server).SendProtocolLogPath
IISLogs Enable to collect IIS Logs and HTTPErr Logs from the Exchange Server. Default Location: C:\InetPub\logs\LogFiles\W3SVC1, C:\InetPub\logs\LogFiles\W3SVC2, and C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\HTTPERR. IISlogs do not collect all logs on CollectAllLogsBasedOnLogAge:$false, just works based on log age.
ImapLogs Enable to collect IMAP logging. Location: (Get-ImapSettings -Server $server).LogFileLocation
MailboxAssistantsLogs Enable to collect Mailbox Assistants logging. Location: V15\Logging\MailboxAssistantsLog, V15\Logging\MailboxAssistantsSlaReportLog, and V15\Logging\MailboxAssistantsDatabaseSlaLog
MailboxConnectivityLogs Enable to collect the connectivity logging on the mailbox server. Location: (Get-MailboxTransportService $server).ConnectivityLogPath
MailboxDeliveryThrottlingLogs Enable to collect the mailbox delivery throttling logs on the server. Location: (Get-MailboxTransportService $server).MailboxDeliveryThrottlingLogPath
MailboxProtocolLogs Enable to collect protocol logging on the mailbox server. Location: (Get-MailboxTransportService $server).ReceiveProtocolLogPath and (Get-MailboxTransportService $server).SendProtocolLogPath
ManagedAvailabilityLogs Enable to collect the Managed Availability Logs. Location: V15\Logging\Monitoring and Windows Event logs like Microsoft-Exchange-ManagedAvailability
MapiLogs Enable to collect MAPI Logs. Location: V15\Logging\MAPI Client Access, V15\Logging\MapiHttp\Mailbox, and V15\Logging\HttpProxy\Mapi
MessageTrackingLogs Enable to collect the Message Tracking Logs. Location: (Get-TransportService $server).MessageTrackingLogPath
MitigationService Enable to collect the Mitigation Service logs. Location: V15\Logging\MitigationService
OABLogs Enable to collect OAB Logs. Location: V15\Logging\HttpProxy\OAB, V15\Logging\OABGeneratorLog, V15\Logging\OABGeneratorSimpleLog, and V15\Logging\MAPI AddressBook Service
OrganizationConfig Enable to collect the Organization Configuration from the environment.
OWALogs Enable to collect OWA Logs. Location: V15\Logging\OWA, Logging\HttpProxy\OwaCalendar, and V15\Logging\HttpProxy\Owa
PipelineTracingLogs Enable to collect the Pipeline Tracing Logs. Location (Get-TransportService $server).PipelineTracingPath, and (Get-MailboxTransportService $server).PipelineTracingPath
PopLogs Enable to collect POP logging. Location: (Get-PopSettings -Server $server).LogFileLocation
PowerShellLogs Enable to collect the PowerShell Logs. Location: V15\Logging\HttpProxy\PowerShell
QueueInformation Enable to collect the historical queue information. Location: (Get-TransportService $server).QueueLogPath
ReceiveConnectors Enable to collect the Receive Connector information from the server.
RPCLogs Enable to collect RPC Logs. Location: V15\Logging\RPC Client Access, V15\Logging\HttpProxy\RpcHttp, and V15\Logging\RpcHttp
SearchLogs Enable to collect Search Logs. Location: V15\Bin\Search\Ceres\Diagnostics\Logs, V15\Bin\Search\Ceres\Diagnostics\ETLTraces, V15\Logging\Search. On 2019 only we also include V15\Logging\BigFunnelMetricsCollectionAssistant, V15\Logging\BigFunnelQueryParityAssistant, and V15\Logging\BigFunnelRetryFeederTimeBasedAssistant
SendConnectors Enable to collect the send connector information from the environment.
ServerInformation Enable to collect general server information.
TransportAgentLogs Enable to collect the Agent Logs. Location: (Get-TransportService $server).AgentLogPath, (Get-FrontendTransportService $server).AgentLogPath, (Get-MailboxTransportService $server).MailboxSubmissionAgentLogPath, and (Get-MailboxTransportService $server).MailboxDeliveryAgentLogPath
TransportConfig Enable to collect the Transport Configuration files from the Server and Get-TransportConfig from the org. Files: EdgeTransport.exe.config, MSExchangeFrontEndTransport.exe.config, MSExchangeDelivery.exe.config, and MSExchangeSubmission.exe.config
TransportRoutingTableLogs Enable to collect the Routing Table Logs. Location: (Get-TransportService $server).RoutingTableLogPath, (Get-FrontendTransportService $server).RoutingTableLogPath, and (Get-MailboxTransportService $server).RoutingTableLogPath
TransportRules Enable to collect Get-TransportRule.
WindowsSecurityLogs Enable to collect the Windows Security Logs. Default Location: 'C:\Windows\System32\WinEvt\Logs\Security.evtx'
AllPossibleLogs Enables the collection of all default logging collection on the Server.
CollectAllLogsBasedOnLogAge Boolean to determine if you collect all the logs based off the log's age or all the logs in that directory. Default value $true
ConnectivityLogs Enables the following switches and their logs to be collected: FrontEndConnectivityLogs, HubConnectivityLogs, and MailboxConnectivityLogs
DatabaseFailoverIssue Enables the following switches and their logs to be collected. DAGInformation, DailyPerformanceLogs, ExchangeServerInformation, ExPerfWiz, HighAvailabilityLogs, ManagedAvailabilityLogs, and ServerInformation.
DaysWorth The number of days to go back to be included int the time span for log collection. Default value: 3
HoursWorth The number of hours to go back to be included in the time span for the log collection. Default Value 0.
LogStartDate Set the starting time for the log collection (DateTime).
LogEndDate Set the ending time for the log collection (DateTime).
DisableConfigImport Enable to not import the ExchangeLogCollector.ps1.json file if it exists.
ExMonLogmanName A list of names that we want to collect for ExMon data. The default name is ExMon_Trace.
ExPerfWizLogmanName A list of names that we want to collect performance data logs from. The default names are Exchange_PerfWiz, ExPerfWiz, and SimplePerf. (For both styles of ExPerfWiz)
LogAge A Time Span value to use instead of the DaysWorth and HoursWorth parameters. Default Value: 3.00:00:00
OutlookConnectivityIssues Enables the following switches and their logs to be collected: AutoDLogs, DailyPerformanceLogs, EWSLogs, ExPerfWiz, IISLogs, MAPILogs, RPCLogs, and ServerInformation
PerformanceIssues Enables the following switches and their logs to be collected: DailyPerformanceLogs, ExPerfWiz, and ManagedAvailabilityLogs
PerformanceMailFlowIssues Enables the following switches and their logs to be collected: DailyPerformanceLogs, ExPerfWiz, MessageTrackingLogs, QueueInformation, and TransportConfig
ProtocolLogs Enables the following switches and their logs to be collected: FrontEndProtocolLogs, HubProtocolLogs, and MailboxProtocolLogs
ScriptDebug Enable to display all the verbose lines in the script.
SkipEndCopyOver If the Servers parameter is used, by default we will attempt to collect all the data back over to the local server after all the data was collected on each server.