Exchange 2010 - Powershell

Posted on 2013-10-23
Last Modified: 2013-10-23

I try to delete from some of my users mailbox mails that are older then the 01/01/2000. I'm using:
Search-Mailbox -Identity "USER" -SearchQuery "Received:< 01/01/2010" -DeleteContent -force

It's working, the problem it delete all contacts that added before 01/01/2010 as well.
How can I still delete the mails older than 01/01/2010 but exclude the contacts folder from been deleted?

How to change the SearchQuery.
Question by:ym1
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 2
LVL 40

Expert Comment

ID: 39594585
I don’t think Search-Mailbox will allow you to exclude or only include specific folders.. You can specify the the kind of items to search. So if you specify email, then it will search only for email items..

Search-Mailbox -Identity "USER" -SearchQuery "'kind:email' AND 'Received:< 01/01/2010'" -DeleteContent -force

Open in new window


Author Comment

ID: 39594631
Subsun thanks it's doing part of the job as not delete the contacts but it not clear tasks and calendar.
LVL 40

Accepted Solution

Subsun earned 250 total points
ID: 39594750
You can add multipple conditions like

"'kind:email' OR 'kind:meetings' OR 'kind:tasks' AND 'Received:< 01/01/2010'"

Open in new window

Ref :
Visualize your virtual and backup environments

Create well-organized and polished visualizations of your virtual and backup environments when planning VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Veeam deployments. It helps you to gain better visibility and valuable business insights.

LVL 40

Expert Comment

ID: 39595089
Just wondering about the reason for B grade!

Please see the EE guidelines on grading..

Author Comment

ID: 39595285
just small point the syntax was not accepted, need to be:
Search-Mailbox -Identity "USER" -SearchQuery "(kind:email) AND (Received:< 01/01/2010)" -DeleteContent -force
LVL 40

Expert Comment

ID: 39595300
May be, I didn't tried... I cannot connect to my lab now..  If the quotes were not working you can try without quotes.. it should work as well..
Search-Mailbox -Identity "USER" -SearchQuery "kind:email AND Received:< 01/01/2010" 

Open in new window


Featured Post

What, When and Where - Security Threats from Q1

Join Corey Nachreiner, CTO, and Marc Laliberte, Information Security Threat Analyst, on July 26th as they explore their key findings from the first quarter of 2017.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The Nano Server Image Builder helps you create a custom Nano Server image and bootable USB media with the aid of a graphical interface. Based on the inputs you provide, it generates images for deployment and creates reusable PowerShell scripts that …
A recent project that involved parsing Tableau Desktop and Server log files to extract reusable user queries for use in other systems. I chose to use PowerShell to gather the data, and SharePoint to present it...
The basic steps you have just learned will be implemented in this video. The basic steps are shown to configure an Exchange DAG in a live working Exchange Server Environment and manage the same (Exchange Server 2010 Software is used in a Windows Ser…
This video demonstrates how to sync Microsoft Exchange Public Folders with smartphones using CodeTwo Exchange Sync and Exchange ActiveSync. To learn more about CodeTwo Exchange Sync and download the free trial, go to:…
Suggested Courses

630 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question