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  • Hi,

    I'm new to Powershell and VBSscrip scripting. I'm trying to create a couple of search folders with certain criteria. I have created these search folders manually to see what they should contain. 

    1. X_Received folder looks for email from external emails. The criteria is FROM:@. This will search in Inbox, sent items, archive, and a custom folder called Folders
    2. X_Sent folder looks for emails sent to external emails. The criteria is FROM:[displayname] and TO:@. This will search in sent Items and the custom folder "Folders"

    Below is just a small sample of my code

    $Outlook=New-Object -ComObject OUTLOOK.APPLICATION
    # x_Received
    [string]$rscope = "'Inbox','Sent Items', 'Archive', 'Folders'"
    [string]$rFilter = " LIKE '%@%'"
    $rsearch = $Outlook.AdvancedSearch($rscope, $rFilter, $true, 'This is a test')
    $rsearchFolder = $rsearch.Save("xReceived_Retention")
    # x_Sent
    [string]$sscope = "'Sent Items','Folders'"
    [string]$sFilter = " Like '%$username%' 
                        AND LIKE '%@%'"
    $ssearch = $Outlook.AdvancedSearch($sscope, $sFilter, $true, 'Test')
    $ssearchFolder = $ssearch.Save("xSent_Retention")

    The x_Received retrieves the current user ($username) and it creates the folder as expected. However, I'm having trouble creating the X_sent folder. I done plenty of research on DASL filtering and determined that is PR_EMAIL_ADDRESS_W. I've used OutlookSpy to retrieve this information. However, this search folder is empty and doesn't display any emails.

    I don't know how to proceed with this any further. I can use") but this filter only works if the Display name in the TO field has an "@". If the email of the external email is displayed with a name, that email is skipped. For example, if the TO field has, it is captured in this filter. However, some external emails have a name like 'John Smith' in the TO field and these are not captured.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated

    Thursday, June 7, 2018 1:24 PM

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  • Hi JC_Mene,

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    Friday, June 8, 2018 2:23 AM
  • On the Extended MAPI level, you would need to create a subrestriction on the PR_MESSAGE_RECIPIENTS property, and then specify a restriction on the PR_EMAIL_ADDRESS property. AdvancedFind does not do that to the best of knowledge.

    If using Redemption is an option, SQL restriction on Recipients / To / CC / BCC would create a PR_MESSAGE_RECIPIENTS restriction with the sub restriction (OR) on PR_DISPLAY_NAME and PR_EMAIL_ADDRESS.

    You can use RDOSearches object to create a new Outlook search visible to the user.

    Dmitry Streblechenko (MVP)
    Redemption - what the Outlook
    Object Model should have been
    Version 5.5 is now available!

    Friday, June 8, 2018 5:07 AM
  • Hello JC_Mene,

    >>LIKE '%@%'

    What's the criteria of "TO:@"? Which mail do you want to filter?

    As far as I know, PR_DISPLAY_TO is the display name of the receiver.  Since you are filtering the display name which contains "@", as a  result, the mail who's receiver name does not contain "@" will be skipped. 

    Did I misunderstand anything?

    Best Regards,


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    Friday, June 8, 2018 9:01 AM
  • Thanks for the assist Dmitry. I'll check out Redemption. But just to confirm, is there no other way of generating a search folder with criteria from the recipients folder?

    Terry - I'm just looking to filer for externally sent emails. I'm using the "@" symbol because that's what I used when creating the search folder manually.

    Friday, June 8, 2018 7:56 PM
  • Extended MAPI is the only other option, but it is not accessible from PowerShell - it is C++ or Delphi only.

    Dmitry Streblechenko (MVP)
    Redemption - what the Outlook
    Object Model should have been
    Version 5.5 is now available!

    Friday, June 8, 2018 7:59 PM