MsExchange Blog Spot Telnet25

October 2, 2013

Exchange 2010, An Active Manager operation failed, content index catalog files in the following state: ‘Failed’.

Filed under: General — telnet25 @ 11:16 pm

Running “Move-ActiveMailboxDatabase  fails with fallowing errors”

$Sname1 = E1
$Sname1 = E2
Get-mailboxdatabase -server $Sname1 -status | where {$_.mounted -eq $true} | Move-ActiveMailboxDatabase -ActivateOnServer $Sname2 -Confirm:$False

An Active Manager operation failed. Error The database action failed. Error: An error occurred while trying to validate the specified database copy for possible activat
on. Error: Database copy ‘db01’ on server ‘’ has content index catalog files in the following state: ‘Failed’.. [Database: db01, Server:]
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidOperation: (db01:ADObjectId) [Move-ActiveMailboxDatabase], AmDbActionWrapperException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : 52C54005,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SystemConfigurationTasks.MoveActiveMailboxDatabase




Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus | fl name, ContentIndexState


$DBstatus = Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus

$DBstatus | fl name,*Content*


Now if we are dealing with single Database this would work

Update-MailboxDatabaseCopy "db60ssc\E1" -CatalogOnly


Now if we have many Databases

Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus * | where {$_.ContentIndexState -eq "Failed"}


To fix all

$DBstatus = Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus

$DBstatus | where {$_.ContentIndexState -eq "Failed"}


Now we will use Fallowing Command and append it to above command to fix content index issues

Update-MailboxDatabaseCopy –CatalogOnly

To Update all

Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus * | where {$_.ContentIndexState -eq "Failed"} | Update-MailboxDatabaseCopy –CatalogOnly


Reseed the Search Catalog

Enjoy !!


Oz Casey, Dedeal

( Exchange Server North America MVP)


MCSE 2003, M+, S+, MCDST

Security+, Project +, Server + (Blog) (Blog)

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