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whats the command to delete an email from all mailboxes in exchange 2007 sp2

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i need to delete an email from every mailbox
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by:Hendrik Wiese
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Export and delete all messages that contain "TEST Subject" in their subject from all mailboxes from the DB1 database to a folder called "TEST DATA" in the Administrator mailbox:

Get-mailbox -database 'DB1' | export-mailbox –SubjectKeywords "TEST Subject" -TargetFolder "TEST DATA" -TargetMailbox Administrator –DeleteContent 

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And ensure that you have the correct permission as per the following article: http://www.kevintaber.com/2009/06/09/search-for-and-delete-emails-in-exchange-2007-mailboxes-using-powershell/

Hope this helps!!
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by:Rajkumar-MCITP
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Same as above mentioned command, To search it from all the mailbox and you dont want to have a backup of those emails

Get-mailbox -ResultSize unlimited| export-mailbox –SubjectKeywords "TEST Subject" –DeleteContent
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by:dougdog
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is it meant to move all the emails with test subject to a folder in the specified mailbox
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by:Hendrik Wiese
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Yes that is what it does and after it moved all the messages it will delete them. ;)
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by:dougdog
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can i get it to not delete them id rather do it manually im afraid of this deleting more data that its mean to
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by:dougdog
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i was going to use this command its the only one i can seem to get working

Get-Mailbox -Server EXCHSVR01 | Export-Mailbox -SubjectKeywords “Confidential reports” -StartDate “06/09/2009¿ -DeleteContent
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by:Hendrik Wiese
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Then run the command like this to move it to the administrator mailbox

Get-mailbox -database 'DB1' | export-mailbox –SubjectKeywords "TEST Subject" -TargetFolder "TEST DATA" -TargetMailbox Administrator
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by:dougdog
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can i have it to run against the server as i have multiple databases
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by:Hendrik Wiese
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Try the following:

Get-mailbox -ResultSize unlimited | export-mailbox –SubjectKeywords "TEST Subject" -TargetFolder "TEST DATA" -TargetMailbox Administrator
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by:dougdog
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when i run thsi the folder i created remains empty
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by:dougdog
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when i run this command it looks like it is deleting loads of mail
im a little worried its deleting more than i t should
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and the test data folder remain empty
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It will only populate the mailbox after the move is completed. Let me know when it is done running.
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