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Remove completed move requests Exchange

When you move a lot of users in Exchange, you like to see what is happening. It’s always great to check and verify if all is going well. The best way is to run a PowerShell command, and it will list all the move request statistics. But, what if you don’t like to see the history of the completed move requests? That’s when you want to remove completed move requests in Exchange. Then, you will not have extra information on your screen.

Get move request statistics

Open up Exchange Management Shell as administrator. Run the following command.

[PS] C:\>Get-MoveRequest | Get-MoveRequestStatistics

DisplayName   StatusDetail TotalMailboxSize                TotalArchiveSize PercentComplete
-----------   ------------ ----------------                ---------------- ---------------
Doe John      Completed    4.891 GB (5,251,716,383 bytes)                   100
Choate Elise  Completed    12.31 GB (13,219,296,270 bytes)                  100
Folkers Justa Completed    6.258 GB (6,719,474,461 bytes)                   100
Cesar Carson  Completed    15.35 GB (16,481,936,963 bytes)                  100
Rotunno Alita Completed    2.943 GB (3,160,022,128 bytes)                   100

When you have a long list, it gets cluttered. You don’t want to see the older move completed lines.

Remove completed move requests Exchange

The first command will give you a confirmation prompt. Use the -Confirm switch if you don’t want to see the confirmation prompt. See the second command.

[PS] C:\>Get-MoveRequest -MoveStatus Completed | Remove-MoveRequest

Are you sure you want to perform this action?
Removing completed move request "Doe, John".
[Y] Yes  [A] Yes to All  [N] No  [L] No to All  [?] Help (default is "Y"): A

[PS] C:\>Get-MoveRequest -MoveStatus Completed | Remove-MoveRequest -Confirm:$false

Check if all the completed requests are removed.

[PS] C:\>Get-MoveRequest | Get-MoveRequestStatistics

Everything is empty, and now you have a clean slate. Enjoy moving mailboxes without the clutter of previously completed move requests.

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You learned how to clear the statistics and to keep the completed move requests clean. It’s good to know that you can remove completed move requests in Exchange with one single command.

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ALI TAJRAN is a passionate IT Architect, IT Consultant, and Microsoft Certified Trainer. He started Information Technology at a very young age, and his goal is to teach and inspire others. Read more »

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  1. what happens if they are all stalled and when you try and remove them, can’t find a move with that identity but it is showing in the output Get-MoveRequestStatistics -MoveRequestQueue mailbox5.

    looked at adsi edit and it does not show anything in the migration mailbox to manually remove them

    exchange 2019

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