Delete Items from a specific folder with Exchange Powershell EWS within Date Range

Below is the command to extract ( Archive ) emails from a particular folder into a PST

#Archive Items from a certain folder
New-MailboxExportRequest -mailbox %mailboxname% -IncludeFolders "path/to/folder/ -ContentFilter {(Received -lt '08/01/2014')} -FilePath \\path\to\pstfile.pst

However due to Exchange updates , the MailboxExport command does not work anymore ( which had the -deletecontent command) and Search-Mailbox does not have any functionality to Include just specific folders. So we have to use powershell EWS below

Note – By default ItemView has a limit of 1000 in exchange, the command below you will probably want to increase this say to 10,000 or even 50,000 so you don’t have to rerun this lots of times. After each run it will tell you how many items it has deleleted. You need to run the powershell script with a useraccount that has a throttling policy set above 1000.

e.g. Set-ThrottlingPolicy PolicyName -EWSFindCountLimit 50000

Set-Mailbox useraccount -ThrottlingPolicy PolicyName

$mailbox = Get-Mailbox %mailboxname%
$mailAddress = $mailbox.PrimarySmtpAddress.ToString();
[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFile("C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Exchange\Web Services\2.1\Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.dll") | Out-Null
$s = New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExchangeService([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExchangeVersion]::Exchange2010)
$ItemView = New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ItemView(10000)
$MailboxRootid = new-object  Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.FolderId([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.WellKnownFolderName]::MsgFolderRoot,$mailAddress)
$MailboxRoot = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.Folder]::Bind($s,$MailboxRootid)
# Get Folder ID from Path
Function GetFolder()
	# Return a reference to a folder specified by path
	$RootFolder, $FolderPath = $args[0];
	$Folder = $RootFolder;
	if ($FolderPath -ne '\')
		$PathElements = $FolderPath -split '\\';
		For ($i=0; $i -lt $PathElements.Count; $i++)
			if ($PathElements[$i])
				$View = New-Object  Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.FolderView(2,0);
				$View.Traversal = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.FolderTraversal]::Deep;
				$View.PropertySet = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.BasePropertySet]::IdOnly;
				$SearchFilter = New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.SearchFilter+IsEqualTo([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.FolderSchema]::DisplayName, $PathElements[$i]);
				$FolderResults = $Folder.FindFolders($SearchFilter, $View);
				if ($FolderResults.TotalCount -ne 1)
					# We have either none or more than one folder returned... Either way, we can't continue
					$Folder = $null;
					Write-Host "Failed to find " $PathElements[$i];
					Write-Host "Requested folder path: " $FolderPath;
				$Folder = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.Folder]::Bind($s, $FolderResults.Folders[0].Id)
try {
	$FolderObject = GetFolder($MailboxRoot, "path\folder\");
#Date from and To
    $findItemResults = $FolderObject.FindItems("System.Message.DateReceived:01/01/2014..01/08/2014",$ItemView)
        foreach ($item in $findItemResults.Items) {
                try {
#Comment Below out to not delete
                    $Deleted ++
#Uncomment below to list before deleting
					#Write-host $item.DateTimeReceived 
                } catch {
                    Write-warning "Unable to delete item, $($item.subject).  $($Error[0].Exception.Message)"
    if ($Deleted -gt 0) { Write-host "$Deleted mail items deleted from the Inbox." }
} catch {
    Write-warning "Could not connect to Inbox.  $( $_.exception.message )"
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Tags: -EWSFindCountLimit, -Includefolders, Archive, Delete Items, EWS, Exchange Web Services, Folder, powershell

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