Exception Calling "AdvancedSearch with outlook.application and MAPI RRS feed

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  • Hello Scripting Guys!, This is my first question but I read you frequently.

    I wrote a script to "datamining" information from my outlook mail client folders and mails and it was running ok but I want  improve the performance.To try do this I was testing the AdvancedSearch method from Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.ApplicationClass to try use DSL with it. But I have found the next error when I invoke the method:

    Exception calling "AdvancedSearch" with "4" argument(s): "Could not complete the operation. One or more parameter values are not valid."
    At <path to my test script>:<line with AdvancedSearch method> char:1
    + $s=$o.AdvancedSearch($Scope,$Filter,$true,'Test')
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ArgumentException

    I tried use [ref] with my parameters and later use directly the values in the call without success. I tried a simple call to test and I obtain the same error:

    $o=New-Object -comobject outlook.application

    $n = $o.GetNamespace('MAPI')

    $Scope= "\\Inbox\TEST\"




    Any idea that how I could use this method on Powershell?. 

    Thank you in advance for your help and time with this.

    • Moved by Bill_Stewart Tuesday, March 1, 2016 11:58 PM Move to more appropriate forum
    Friday, January 15, 2016 12:00 PM

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  • Scope needs to be enclosed in single quotes:

    $Scope= "'\\Inbox\TEST\'"


    Friday, January 15, 2016 12:11 PM
  • Thank you a lot jrv. I tested using you Scope configuration but the result was the same that previous times. I tried separate the fields in scope using "," character and creating only one string but again the same error. In the filter I tried add the "@SQL=" and concatenate using "\'" with the "urn" but never I could avoid the mentioned error.

    Do you know other causes that could be generating this error?

    Thank you in Advance for help!

    Monday, January 18, 2016 5:00 PM
  • Scope is a single folder enclosed in single quotes.

    $Scope= "  ' \\Inbox\TEST\ ' "

    Notice single quotes.  The folder must be the store plus the folder path.


    Monday, January 18, 2016 5:04 PM
  • Hi Chema81,

    Some parameters are optional, please try to remove some parameters and try again.

    Do you have the same issue when you try it with VBA code directly?



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    Friday, March 4, 2016 5:04 AM