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Is there a Powershell script to query and delete emails by subject? If someone sends a bad email to a multiple large distribution group i like to search and remove based on subject.
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by:Akhater
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if you are talking about exchange 2010 and newer here is what you want
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff459253(v=exchg.160).aspx

make sure to pick the exchange version corresponding to the one you have
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by:CiscoAzn
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This is for Exchange 2010. The link you sent me is for Exchange 2016.
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:) this is for all exchange versions, just pick the one you want on top of the article

anyway here you go https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff459253(v=exchg.141).aspx

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In the Exchange 2010 version it only shows the search for a mailbox not for the entire org and that's what i'm looking for.
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It is the same thing

Get-Mailbox | search-mailbox -deletecontent

Will do it for all mailboxes
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Thanks Akhater but how do you get a count of the total emails that it query and the total emails that it found before deleting it?
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If you run the same command with -TargetFolder  -TargetMailbox parameters instead of the deletecontent you will know exactly which emails are going to be deleted


or you can run a simulation with the -DeleteContent with the -WhatIf parameter
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Sorry for the late response but thank you for your assistance.
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