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Create Outlook "Rules And Alerts" with Powershell

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Hi,
I'm trying to figure out how to create new message rules in Outlook using Powershell 2.0.  I've tested this in both 2007 and 2010, and can't get it to work.

I am referring to the script
CreateOutLookRule.ps1
http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2009/12/16/hey-scripting-guy-december-16-2009.aspx

It fails at the line:
$MoveRuleAction.Folder = $Movetarget

with the error:
Exception setting "Folder": "Cannot convert the "System.__ComObject" value of type "System.__ComObject#{00063006-0000-0000-c000-000000000046}" to type "Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.MAPIFolder"."

Even at the top of this article he talks about how people were getting type mismatch errors.

I also tried the script at this link and get the same type mismatch error:
http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/29542597/can-not-convert-systemcomobject-to-microsoftofficeinteropoutlookmapifolder.aspx

Both issues seem to currently be unresolved.

Can anyone see if they can test these two scripts and come up with a solution?

Thanks,
Jamie
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by:daveTechSearch
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Just looking at the first link (hey scripting guy). I'm using Outlook 2010.
Looking at this line:
$MoveTarget = $inbox.Folders.item("bob")
Run the script once (get errors, etc), then enter:
$inbox.Folders | get-member
I don't see a property or method called "item".
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by:jamorlando
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Dave, but if after that you were to run:
$inbox.Folders.item("bob") | fl

It returns data ... presumably the folder data.
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by:daveTechSearch
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you are correct. Odd. It should just work...
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by:jamorlando
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It seems to work for some, but not for others.

To clarify my original question, I just need a way to script out adding new rules.
Even if there was a way to do this from the Exchange side of things, that would be acceptable.

I'm surprised there aren't more article about this online.
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by:jamorlando
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Referring to the CreateOutLookRule.ps1 script:

If you run:
$namespace.GetType

You can see the type is NameSpaceClass

In the code, there is the line:
$inbox = $namespace.getDefaultFolder($olFolders::olFolderInbox)

According to MSDN, this records type Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.MAPIFolder
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.office.interop.outlook.namespaceclass.getdefaultfolder.aspx

However when I run:
$inbox.GetType()

I see the non-descript __ComObject type, which I believe is the root of the problem.

Can any hardcore PowerShell nerds jump in and help me out?
I've only been dabbling in PS for a couple months.

Thanks,
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Other thread solved my problem.
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