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Remove Deleted Items within Date Range via Exchange Management Shell

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We are looking for an Exchange management shell command that will specify a user's mailbox and delete messages from their deleted items folder within a specified date range.

Any assistance would be appreciated.,
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by:Will Szymkowski
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You can try the following powershell script to accomplish this...

This command below will do one individual user.
$Date = get-date
New-MailboxExportRequest -ContentFilter {(Received -lt $date.adddays(-100)) -and (Received -gt $date.adddays(-150) )} -Mailbox <mailboxName> -IncludeFolders "#DeletedItems#" -FilePath "\\servername\PSTFILES\name.pst"

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If you want to do this for multiple users at once use the below command...
$Users = get-content "c:\users.txt"
$Date = get-date
foreach ($user in $Users) {
New-MailboxExportRequest -ContentFilter {(Received -lt $date.adddays(-100)) -and (Received -gt $date.adddays(-150) )} -Mailbox $User -IncludeFolders "#DeletedItems#" -FilePath "\\servername\PSTFILES\$User.pst"
}

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by:GR JN
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Thanks is there any way to do this from the exchange management shell directly without the need for .pst files?

If possible we would like to use something like the below but specify the deleted items folder and a date range:

Search-Mailbox -Identity "April Stewart" -SearchQuery "Subject:'Your bank statement'" -DeleteContent
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Will Szymkowski earned 500 total points
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When you are using Search-Mailbox and you want to deleted content you still need to provide a -Targetmailbox where the items can be copied to before you actually remove them from the mailbox.

Unfortunately you cannot use Search-mailbox cmdlet to accomplish subfolder deletions. You have to search the entire folder using the Search-Mailbox cmdlet.

See the link below for additional details
Cannot Search/Delete sub folder items using Search-Mailbox

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