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Daily report of quarantined e-mails in Exchange 2007

Posted on 2010-09-22
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Hi, in our office we have a quarantine mailbox where all of our non-rejected spam goes.  Naturally, once in awhile it picks up message that are not spam.

Rather than having everyone check this spam inbox, I was thinking it would be really cool to automate this so that everyone would get a report each day of the messages that were sent to them and quarantined on the previous day.

So basically I'm guessing it would be a powershell script that queries the spam inbox, by date and To: field, and then sends an email to that person, listing the From: field and message subject.

What is the best way to do this?
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by:Mkris9
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dont think its possible to use powershell to get the list of emails in a mailbox. but saying that i found the following to get the list of flagged emails

http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2009/12/14/hey-scripting-guy-december-14-2009.aspx
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by:jamorlando
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I tested this script on my computer and it worked.

So basically, I would need to set up a new machine with Outlook installed and have the default inbox be our spam inbox.  Then I would schedule a nightly powershell script to run.

Before I go further, is this the best way to do this?  Is there free software out there that already handles this?
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by:Mkris9
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Not that i know of. but can always suggest the best teacher. www.google.com.. :)
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by:jamorlando
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Never heard of it.  I use askjeeves.com (kidding)
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by:Mkris9
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never heard of that as well.. ;). heard something about someone having a some sort of a search engine called 'ding'.. ;)
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by:GusGallows
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I did something similar years ago, with the help of Sue Mosher, using a server side VB script that hit a Public Folder to generate a daily email containing all new messages of the day. I will see if I can find it and convert it to work with a mailbox. No promises, this is from the Exchange 2000 days and much has changed, but it stands to reason that it should still be possible.
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Gus, were you ever able to find that script?
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by:jamorlando
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I set up a PC with Outlook installed with the Spam inbox.  Opened up a new thread in the Outlook forum.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Office_Productivity/Groupware/Outlook/Q_26535480.html
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by:jamorlando
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First step ... I am able to export email folders from a date range to a PST file.

Export-Mailbox -Identity SPAM -IncludeFolders '\Inbox\Joe' -StartDate "10/13/2010" -EndDate "10/13/2010" -PSTFolderPath 'C:\Joe Yesterday Spam.pst'

Anyone know how to convert this to a .csv or .txt file so that I can parse it with a script?
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by:jamorlando
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Actually ... I adandoned PSTViewerPro, because it's buggy.
I buckled down and forced myself to write some powershell.
Here's my script.  (To have this work you need to have message rules set up that puts people's quarantined spam into a subfolder with the inbox)

#Script by Jamie Orlando
#Last updated: 10/25/2010
#
#Recurses through subfolders in Inbox and e-mails each user the headers from their spam messages on the previous day
#
#***   Make sure the following command is entered into PowerShell before proceeding:
#***   Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

$olFolderInbox = 6
$ol = new-object -comobject "Outlook.Application"
$mapi = $ol.getnamespace("mapi")
$inbox = $mapi.GetDefaultFolder($olFolderInbox)
$inboxFolders = $inbox.Folders | Select Name
$yesterdayDate = (Get-Date).AddDays(-1).toShortDateString()

foreach ($CurrentFolder in $inboxFolders)
{
   $CurrentRecipient = $CurrentFolder.Name  

   $msgs = $inbox.Folders.Item("$CurrentRecipient")
   $countSpam = 0
   
   foreach ($CurrentMsg in ($msgs.items | Sort-Object CreationTime))
   {
      $CurrentMessageDate = $CurrentMsg.CreationTime.toShortDateString()

      if($CurrentMessageDate -eq $yesterdayDate)
      {
         $CurrentMsg.Body | Out-File -Filepath C:\spambody.txt
         "Time: " + $CurrentMsg.CreationTime.toShortTimeString() | Out-File "C:\spamreport.txt" -Append
         $EmailFrom = select-string -pattern "From: " C:\spambody.txt | Select-Object Line | Select -First 1
         $EmailFrom.Line | Out-File "C:\spamreport.txt" -Append
         $EmailSubject = select-string -pattern "Subject: " C:\spambody.txt | Select-Object Line | Select -First 1
         $EmailSubject.Line | Out-File "C:\spamreport.txt" -Append
         "" | Out-File "C:\spamreport.txt" -Append
         remove-item "c:\spambody.txt"
         $countSpam++
      }
   }

   if($countSpam -ge 1)
   {
      $SendingServer = "EXCHANGE01.ourcompany.com"
      $FromAddress = "SPAM@ourcompany.com"
      $ToAddress = $CurrentRecipient + "@ourcompany.com"
      $MessageSubject = $countSpam + " message(s) were quarantined on: " + $yesterdayDate
      $SpamOutput = Get-Content "c:\spamreport.txt" | Out-String

      $MessageBody = @"
On $yesterdayDate, $countSpam spam messages were quarantined for $CurrentRecipient.
If any of these messages are not spam, please e-mail IT_NOTIFY@ourcompany.com to retrieve the message.
Thank you,
IT Staff
------------
 
$SpamOutput
"@

      $SMTPMessage = New-Object System.Net.Mail.MailMessage $FromAddress, $ToAddress, $MessageSubject, $MessageBody
      $SMTPClient = New-Object System.Net.Mail.SMTPClient $SendingServer
      $SMTPClient.Send($SMTPMessage)

      remove-item "c:\spamreport.txt"
   }
}
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