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I need to search all emails on our exchange 2003 server for specific text.

The text to search is in the body of the email.

I have looked as ExMerge, but that seams to only search the subject and attachments.

Does anyone know how to do this?  I am also interested in any .NET code so I could write my own.
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by:Don Thomson
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Are you looking for any email - any user or for a specific user?
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I am looking for any email that would have text in the body of the email.

So, if I am searching for "MDS", I want to find all email that contains this text in the body.
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You  may have to use something like scriptlogic  - They have a trial version if it's a one time thing
http://www.scriptlogic.com/products/archive-manager .
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Anyone have any VB.NET or C# code samples?

I don't think the boss wants to buy a program.
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Your best thing would be to use a 3rd party product to search the database directly (we make tools like this and you can learn more about them in my profile)  HOWEVER, if you want a quick work around I would suggest that you;

1. Export all data to PST ( Note ExMerge has a 2GB limit so if you have mailboxes over that size be sure to break it down by date or some other method, else the PST will become corrupt)

2. Once you have it in PST format you could then load it up in outlook and use a 30 day demo of a product called X1 www.x1.com which will index the primary and other PSTs as designated.  Once indexed you can do some pretty powerful and cool searching.

3. You also may be more successful in creating a program to search PST files.
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