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Microsoft PowerShell: Error 'Get-EngineUpdateInformation' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet

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Admins all over the world are currently restoring Exchange servers (our guide is there here ). Some might encounter an error message from Microsoft PowerShell: "The term 'Get-EngineUpdateInformation' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling [...] ". It's easy to fix - we'll figure out what to do.

Microsoft did not make it easy for operators of self-hosted Exchange servers at the turn of the year. Due to a bug in the mail filtering service, many companies have not received or sent e-mails since the beginning of the year. Microsoft already had it in the past year 2021 numerous security holes already made it to the top of the update charts.

Fix the error "'Get-EngineUpdateInformation' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet" - this is how it works!

Microsoft PowerShell Get-EngineUpdateInformation Error

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In our instructions To solve the "Y2K22" bug in Exchange servers, we already refer to the error message. This command is run as part of the troubleshooting process to check the version of the filtering engine. This command can also be useful in other cases - only it doesn't work by default. The following error message is displayed:

Get-EngineUpdateInformation : The term 'Get-EngineUpdateInformation' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

To do this, a corresponding snap-in must be added to the PowerShell beforehand. This works with this simple command, while opening PowerShell as administrator:

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.Forefront.Filtering.Management.Powershell

Execution should then work again. It is important to note that this command is not executed in the Exchange Management Shell, as it is not recognized there. These commands only work in PowerShell, executed as administrator. Successful execution of the command should produce this similar output:

Get-EngineUpdateInformation
Engine : Microsoft
LastChecked : 01.02.2022 05:45:11 +01:00
LastUpdated : 01.02.2022 05:40:18 +01:00
EngineVersion : 1.1.18800.4
SignatureVersion : 1.355.1227.0
SignatureDateTime : 01.01.2022 12:29:06 +01:00
UpdateVersion : 2112330001
UpdateStatus : UpdateAttemptNoUpdate

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