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Find any E-Mail Address or Proxy Address In Active Directory

I am back this week with some more Exchange and Unified Communications goodness. This is another request I see a lot, someone want's to know where an e-mail address is assigned. This opens up the possibilities of user mailboxes, shared mailboxes, distribution lists, public folders, conference rooms, contacts or resources. I have also seen duplicate e-mail addresses being assigned outside of Exchange causing delivery failures. I take a look at how you can quickly find any e-mail address in your environment along with partial searches of e-mail addresses. The two attributes for e-mail addresses being mail and proxyAddresses.

I cover finding specific types of proxy addresses such as sip: x500: eum: etc. I also touch briefly on creating a simple function that will accept e-mail addresses as an input to return all of the AD objects that contain it. I cover the search through Active Directory commandlets, including LDAP query syntax, as well as the Exchange commandlets. Head on over to PowerShellBlogger.com for the full article.


  1. This is pretty awsome the true might of powershell isn't easy to see off the bat but it's been growing on me. Theres a few tools here like http://no-adware.com/blog/reverse-email-lookup-gmail/ spokeo which is also a great intelligence tool for you belt.

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