MailStore Server Management Shell

Many instructions available in the graphical user interface of MailStore Client can also be executed using MailStore's management shell, a command line client which is automatically included when installing MailStore Server and MailStore Client.

The management shell is useful when no graphical user interface is available (e.g. if using telnet or ssh) or for the integration of scripts (e.g. batch files) that are executed either manually or automatically.

Option 1: Starting the Management Shell in MailStore Client

The management shell can be started directly from MailStore: Log on to MailStore Client as administrator and click on Administrative Tools > Miscellaneous and then on Management Shell.

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Option 2: Starting the Management Shell with MailStoreCmd.exe

The command line client can be started in interactive mode by executing MailStoreCmd.exe without any parameters. After successful login, MailStore is ready to receive commands. Enter exit to log off and close the management shell.

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Using MailStoreCmd.exe in Non-Interactive Mode

In non-interactive mode, the management shell logs on with the access data passed, executes the command passed, and automatically terminates upon execution. If the login and the execution of the command were successful, the exit code (ERRORLEVEL) of the process is set to 0 (zero), otherwise it is set to any value other than 0.

To use the non-interactive mode, pass the parameters as follows:

 MailStoreCmd.exe --h="localhost" --pkv3="23:18:06:3f:24:7d:f3:83" --u="admin" --p="admin" 
 -c <Actual Command and Parameter>

The following is a description of the parameters:


The machine name of the MailStore server to which MailStoreCmd.exe is to connect.


The (optional) Public Key Fingerprint, which guarantees the identity of MailStore Server.


User name.




The actual command follows (non-interactive mode).

Command Overview


Clears the texts currently displayed improving visibility.


Displays a list of all available commands and their parameters.

debuglog-enable, debuglog-browse, debuglog-disable

Activates, displays or deactivates the global debug protocol (within computer scope).


Displays a list of all existing export profiles (ID and profile name).

export-execute [--name=<profilename>] [--id=<profileid>] [--verbose]

Executes the export profile with the name or the ID specified (only one of these parameters is required). The parameter --verbose activates a detailed status display on the console.

import-list [--user=<username>]

Displays a list of all existing archiving profiles (ID and profile name).

import-execute [--name=<profilename>] [--id=<profileid>] [--verbose] [--user=<username>]

Executes the archiving profile with the name or the ID specified (only one of these parameters is required). The parameter --verbose activates a detailed status display on the console.

filegroup-attach --directory=<directory>

With this command a file group, which has been removed from MailStore using filegroup-detach, can be reattached to MailStore.

filegroup-detach --gid=<filegroupid>

In Administrative Tools under Storage Locations, the status of a file group can be set to inactivate. The file group (along with the emails it contains) is no longer available until it is reactivated but remains in the list of existing file groups. By using the command filegroup-detach, a file group is completely removed from MailStore but physically remains on the hard drive.


Provides information about the MailStore-Windows process.


Provides information about the connection with the MailStore Server process.


Recalculates all statistics.

maintain-db [--gid=<filegroupid>] --command=[backup-restore|sweep]
maintain-ix --gid=<filegroupid> --command=[list|optimize|reload|verify|] [--ixid=<indexid>]
folder-reindex [--folder=<userfolder>] --gid=<filegroupid>
filegroup-verify --gid=<filegroupid>

Information about these commands can be found in the chapter Maintenance and Repair.