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i need a powershell script that will export all the email addresses from the individual exchange users contacts into a text file.  

this is going to be run nightly and i cant just have the users each manually run this on their own client.  I am new to powershell and have been struggling with this for a couple days.  

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by:Learnctx
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Why not just get the client to export their contacts from the client?

File > Import and Export > Export to a file > Comma Separated Values (Windows) > Choose the Contacts container > Choose an export location (users home drive for example) > Finish and export.

If you have to do it with PowerShell though you could try building on the below info (seems like a lot of effort for something that is built into the Outlook client).

$outlook = New-Object -com Outlook.Application
$contacts = $outlook.Session.GetDefaultFolder(10)
$contacts.items | Select LastNameAndFirstName
# Use "$contacts.items | fl *" to get a list of properties you want to export

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i need nightly exports of the clients contacts for management reasons i dont fully understand.  basically they want a copy of everyones contacts daily (just he email addresses), and they dont want the end user to know about it.

so your script works on the local machine, but wont work on the exchange server directly?  Am i wrong in thinking that the mailbox holds a copy of the contacts list?  Or is there just no way to get at it?
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I was confused by what you had said about the user running it from their own client, I assumed the requirement was for the user to run it. I don't know if you can expose this information directly using PowerShell as I think the contact information is stored in their mailbox store. The only way I can see to do it is via a client connection. Though there is this Blog entry which may be of use, I haven't looked into it though.

http://gsexdev.blogspot.com/2009/04/using-ews-managed-api-with-powershell.html

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i think i have come to the conclusion that this cant be done with 2007.  However it looks like it can be done with 2010.  Well just have to wait.
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