Find Quarantined Messages


You want to find all messages that have been quarantined in the last two days.

Solution 1: Get-MessageTrace

Get-MessageTrace -EndDate (Get-Date) -StartDate (Get-Date).adddays(-2) -Status Quarantined | 
Sort-Object -Property RecipientAddress | 
Format-Table -GroupBy RecipientAddress

Solution 2: Get-QuarantineMessage

Get-QuarantineMessage -EndReceivedDate (Get-Date) -StartReceivedDate (Get-Date).adddays(-2) | 
Select-Object -Property RecipientAddress, SenderAddress, Subject, PolicyName, MessageId |
Sort-Object -Property RecipientAddress |
Format-Table -GroupBy  RecipientAddress |
Out-Host -Paging


You will have an issue of messages being placed in quarantine when they should be delivered to a mailbox. False positives are common when both AntiSpam and AntiPhish policies send messages to quarantine. In a small organization, you can scroll through the quarantined messages for each user. By showing all the messages, you may find a sender being flagged for all recipients. Removing the -GroupBy parameter results in output that is dense but still readable. Consider sorting by SenderAddress or Subject if you looking for false positives in the dense table view.

Limiting Results

Add the -RecipientAddress parameter to the first line of either solution for targeted results.

Selecting Properties for Get-QuarantineMessage

In Solution 2, the second stop in the pipe is the Select-Object cmdlet. Get-QuarantineMessage returns many properties. When piping to the Format-Table the properties you want may not be visible. I have found this recipe works best when I explicitly select the properties I want to see.