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How to delete 2.6million draft emails in powershell in exchange 2007

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I have 2.6million (application generated) "Draft" emails in a mailbox (67GB in total) I just want to delete these emails, not the mailbox., can you either recommend a 3rd party tool that integrates with exchange 2007 for accessing the mailstore/mailbox directly to do this or perhaps some powershell code (sorry I don't have a scripting background to know where to start) that would do the trick.

Emails were generated by a 3rd party application which should never have stored them in the drafts folder, something I have inherited and pulling the mailbox down to then delete the mails is proving to be too much for outlook!
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by:Will Szymkowski
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Take a look at this link as it will illustrate how to accomplish this..
http://lab.r2integrated.com/Wiki.aspx?topic=Exchange_2007_Power_Shell_Tricks

Also look here...
http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/11/28/431669.aspx
(refer to the last section Using filtering to Export and delete mailbox content)

Hope this helps~!
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export-mailbox mbx -includefolders "\Drafts" -Deletecontent
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by:equipped2000
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Just had to permission myself for log store as I got an error when exchange tried to create a log for this, first it seemed like the log entry was missing then I realised I was probably not part of the SG required so added myself to ACL's

When I left it was 80k through 2.6m deletions!

Thanks!
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