Deleting 100,000 emails from Outlook that freezes when opening?

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I have a user that has a subfolder in his inbox with more than a hundred thousand emails. He cannot delete as his Outlook 2010 crashes when it tries. Is there a way I can delete them? I have full administrative rights. .. Thank you.
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Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network Manager

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Have you tried setting the autoarchive for that folder to permanantly delete old items and run the autoarchive?

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Yes, but its late for that . . .
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network Manager

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Okay, next question:  Is this on a domain with an Exchange server?
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You should have success deleting them through OWA, but depending on your archive settings on the server this will not free up space for several days or even months.

Have you considered exporting the users mailbox to pst then importing into a new mailbox? You could use the "ExcludeFolders" parameter to exclude this particular folder.
I should have provided a supporting link...

How to Export Mailbox Data

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Yes on a Domain with Exchange. OWA would be fine but this would take too long. He might have above 500 K email. . The last part might work. If I archive only the troublesome subfolder . . . I wouldnt have to be connceted to Exchange for that correct. . . ?
You comment is confusing, but if I understand correctly you are asking whether you need to run the Export-Mailbox from the Exchange Server.?

To export data from a .pst file, you must run the Export-Mailbox cmdlet from a 32-bit computer that has the following installed:
The 32-bit version of the Exchange management tools
Outlook 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Outlook 2007
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network Manager

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Actually to do the autoarchive Outlook would need to be connected as it is a function of Outlook however it would run in the background allowing other work to be done (including sending/receiving other email).

I believe you could use exmerge for what you are wanting to accomplish:

http://www.petri.co.il/delete_messages_from_mailboxes_by_using_exmerge.htm is an article on useing it.
@pony10us - The question is tagged with Exchange 2007. ExMerge is for Exchange 2003 and prior.
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network Manager

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good point.  I missed that.   <hanging head in shame>   :)

Your correct it has been replaced with export-mailbox however exmerge does work with 2007 as shown here:   http://www.exchangeinbox.com/article.aspx?i=88

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I shall give this a shot. Thanks.

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