Get High Priority Email Message as a Phone Call using EWS API and PowerShell


A colleague shared a blog post and asked me a script to get high priority email using PowerShell? Well, it’s the same way  by modifying the search filter as required as shown below.

$SearchFilter = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.SearchFilter+IsEqualTo]::new([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.EmailMessageSchema]::Importance, 

and the below is the view to get the number of email we need from the inbox – In our case just one!

$View = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ItemView]::new(1)

Hey, I need a phone call for a high priority email and it should read the message! That’s a Friday fever! For any IT Professional major incidents are not new 🙂 check the below email body 🙂 let’s get a call for the same !

Email Body



Here is the sample code !

$Credential = Get-Credential ""
$Service = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExchangeService]::new([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExchangeVersion]::Exchange2013_SP1)
$Service.Credentials = [System.Net.NetworkCredential]::new($Credential.UserName,$Credential.Password)
$Service.Url = ""
$Folder = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.Folder]::Bind($Service,[Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.WellKnownFolderName]::Inbox)
$View = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ItemView]::new(1)
$SearchFilter = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.SearchFilter+IsEqualTo]::new([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.EmailMessageSchema]::Importance, 
$Results = $Service.FindItems([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.WellKnownFolderName]::Inbox,$SearchFilter,$View)
$ItemId = $Results.Items[0].Id.UniqueId

# Fun and it's Fun
$Call = $Service.UnifiedMessaging.PlayOnPhone($ItemId, "+31<Number>")

Enjoy PowerShell!

Exploring LYNC Contacts Using PowerShell

Exploring LYNC Contact folders using PowerShell.

Get-MailboxFolderStatistics will display all the folders information in users mailbox. So using this we can explore LYNC Contacts with the folder type ‘Quick Contacts’.

Get-MailboxFolderStatistics -Identity <MailboxID> | 
? {$_.FolderType -eq 'QuickContacts'}

Lync Contact Folders with 0 EntriesLync Contact Folders with 0 Entries

If we delete lync contacts programmatically it may appear as GUID as well. Like shown below.

Get-MailboxFolderStatistics -Identity <MailboxID> | 
Select Name , ItemsinFolder | ft -AutoSize

2Underneath Contacts we can see two GUID – That’s LYNC and GAL Contacts

Refer this article to remove LYNC contact entries using PowerShell and EWS

How to Explore all folders?

Delete Lync Contact Entries in Exchange Online Using PowerShell

PowerShell code to remove LYNC Contacts entries in Exchange Online.


#Target MailboxID's
$MailboxNames =  "TargetMailBoxID1" , "TargetMailBoxID1"

#Any Exchange Admin ID with appropriate permissions
$AdminID = "AdminID"

#Fetch password as secure string
$AdminPwd = Read-Host "Enter Password" -AsSecureString

#Load the Exchange Web Service DLL
$dllpath = "C:\Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.dll"

#Create a Exchange Web Service
$Service = New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExchangeService([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExchangeVersion]::Exchange2013_SP1)

#Credentials to impersonate the mail box
$Service.Credentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential($AdminID , $AdminPwd)
foreach($MailboxName in $MailboxNames)
#Impersonate using Exchange WebService Class
$Service.ImpersonatedUserId = New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ImpersonatedUserId([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ConnectingIdType]::SmtpAddress, $MailboxName)

#Assing EWS URL
$service.Url = ''
Write-Host "Processing Mailbox: $MailboxName" -ForegroundColor Green

#Fetch Root Folder ID
$RootFolderID = New-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.FolderId([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.WellKnownFolderName]::Root, $MailboxName)
$RootFolder = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.Folder]::Bind($Service,$RootFolderID)

#Create a Folder View
$FolderView = New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.FolderView(1000)
$FolderView.Traversal = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.FolderTraversal]::Deep

#Retrieve Folders from view
$response = $RootFolder.FindFolders($FolderView)

#Query Folder which has display name like Lync Contacts
$Folder =  $response | ? {$_.FolderClass -eq 'IPF.Contact.MOC.QuickContacts'}
$Folder | Select DisplayName , TotalCount

#Purge the items

$Folder.Empty([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.DeleteMode]::SoftDelete, $false)

Perform Delete
Write-Host "Removed Lync Contacts Folder on: $MailboxName mailbox" -ForegroundColor Green