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Creating a RSS feed of all new items in all public folders over the past 24 hours

I’m having a bit of a RSS feed week this week here’s another interesting one. A while ago I created this RSS event sink for a public folder that would generate a feed whenever a new item was posted in a Public Folder. This is useful but over a large number of folders having a separate feed for every folder is a pain and usually it’s a matter of getting across the new information that’s been added to a possible large number of folders that’s important. So what I’ve come up with is a script that will scan though every folder in the public folder tree on a server and then create a feed that has a post for each new item in each public folder within the whole public folder tree (where theres are replica available). The one problem with this script is it doesn’t really respect permissions so if you have folders that have information in them that is supposed to be restricted you might want to include some if statements so these folders are skipped.

This script use WebDAV to query each public folder it’s loosely based like a few of my scripts lately on the code from the mailbox size KB . Each folder in the public folder tree is recursively queried for items that where created in the last 24 hours and a RSS file is then built using the XMLDom com object. That script use the Admin Virtual root which means it can run using Delegated Exchange Administration rights and won’t be hampered by public folder permission. An ADSI query is used to find out what the default SMTP domain is in the default recipient policy. By default the script isn’t using SSL which may mean you need to adjust the following line if you are using SSL on the ExAdmin Directory.

falias = "http://" & servername & "/exadmin/admin/" & dpDefaultpolicy & "/Public Folders/"

To customize the location where the RSS file is created modify the 2 line

feedfile = ""c:\temp\feedpubnew.xml"

The script itself takes one commandline parameter which is the servername of the server you want to run it against so to run this script you need something like

cscript pubrssnew.vbs servername

I’ve put a download copy of this script here the script itself looks like

Servername = wscript.arguments(0)
feedfile = "feedpubnew.xml"
set shell = createobject("")
strValueName = "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation\ActiveTimeBias"
minTimeOffset = shell.regread(strValueName)
toffset = datediff("h",DateAdd("n", minTimeOffset, now()),now())
dtListFrom = DateAdd("n", minTimeOffset, now())
gmttime = dateadd("h",-toffset,now())
dateto = isodateit(gmttime)
datefrom = isodateit(DateAdd("d",-1,gmttime))
set objdom = CreateObject("MICROSOFT.XMLDOM")
set req = createobject("microsoft.xmlhttp")
rem Create Root RSS feed
Set objField = objDom.createElement("rss")
Set objattID = objDom.createAttribute("version")
objattID.Text = "2.0"
objField.setAttributeNode objattID
objDom.appendChild objField
Set objField1 = objDom.createElement("channel")
objfield.appendChild objField1
Set objField3 = objDom.createElement("link")
objfield3.text = "http://" & Servername & "/public"
objfield1.appendChild objField3
Set objField4 = objDom.createElement("title")
objfield4.text = "Public Folder Feed"
objfield1.appendChild objField4
Set objField5 = objDom.createElement("description")
objfield5.text = "New Public Folder items in the last 24 Hours"
objfield1.appendChild objField5
Set objField6 = objDom.createElement("language")
objfield6.text = "en-us"
objfield1.appendChild objField6
Set objField7 = objDom.createElement("lastBuildDate")
objfield7.text = WeekdayName(weekday(now),3) & ", " & day(now()) & " " &
Monthname(month(now()),3) & " " & year(now()) & " " & formatdatetime(now(),4) &
":00 GMT"
objfield1.appendChild objField7

set com = createobject("ADODB.Command")
set conn = createobject("ADODB.Connection")
Set iAdRootDSE = GetObject("LDAP://RootDSE")
strNameingContext = iAdRootDSE.Get("configurationNamingContext")
strDefaultNamingContext = iAdRootDSE.Get("defaultNamingContext")
Conn.Provider = "ADsDSOObject"
Conn.Open "ADs Provider"
polQuery = "<LDAP://" & strNameingContext &
svcQuery = "<LDAP://" & strNameingContext &
">;(&(objectCategory=msExchExchangeServer)(cn=" & Servername &
Com.ActiveConnection = Conn
Com.CommandText = polQuery
Set plRs = Com.Execute
while not plRs.eof
for each adrobj in plrs.fields("gatewayProxy").value
if instr(adrobj,"SMTP:") then dpDefaultpolicy =
wscript.echo dpDefaultpolicy
falias = "http://" & servername & "/exadmin/admin/" & dpDefaultpolicy & "/Public
wscript.echo falias
set conn = nothing
set com = nothing
set wfile = nothing
set fso = Nothing
Set objPI = objDom.createProcessingInstruction("xml", "version='1.0'")
objDom.insertBefore objPI, objDom.childNodes(0)"c:\temp\" & feedfile)

Public Sub RecurseFolder(sUrl) "SEARCH", sUrl, False, "", ""
sQuery = "<?xml version=""1.0""?>"
sQuery = sQuery & "<g:searchrequest xmlns:g=""DAV:"">"
sQuery = sQuery & "<g:sql>SELECT """
sQuery = sQuery & "mapi/proptag/x0e080003"", ""DAV:hassubs"" FROM SCOPE "
sQuery = sQuery & "('SHALLOW TRAVERSAL OF """ & sUrl & """') "
sQuery = sQuery & "WHERE ""DAV:isfolder"" = true and ""DAV:ishidden"" = false
and """" = 1"
sQuery = sQuery & "</g:sql>"
sQuery = sQuery & "</g:searchrequest>"
req.setRequestHeader "Content-Type", "text/xml"
req.setRequestHeader "Translate", "f"
req.setRequestHeader "Depth", "0"
req.setRequestHeader "Content-Length", "" & Len(sQuery)
req.send sQuery
Set oXMLDoc = req.responseXML
Set oXMLSizeNodes = oXMLDoc.getElementsByTagName("d:x0e080003")
Set oXMLHREFNodes = oXMLDoc.getElementsByTagName("a:href")
Set oXMLHasSubsNodes = oXMLDoc.getElementsByTagName("a:hassubs")
For i = 0 to oXMLSizeNodes.length - 1
call procfolder(oXMLHREFNodes.Item(i).nodeTypedValue,sUrl)
wscript.echo oXMLHREFNodes.Item(i).nodeTypedValue
If oXMLHasSubsNodes.Item(i).nodeTypedValue = True Then
call RecurseFolder(oXMLHREFNodes.Item(i).nodeTypedValue)
End If
End Sub

sub procfolder(strURL,pfname)
wscript.echo strURL
ReDim resarray(1,6)
strQuery = "<?xml version=""1.0""?><D:searchrequest xmlns:D = ""DAV:""
strQuery = strQuery & "<D:sql>SELECT ""DAV:displayname"",
""urn:schemas:httpmail:subject"", "
strQuery = strQuery & """DAV:creationdate"", ""DAV:getcontentlength"", "
strQuery = strQuery & """urn:schemas:httpmail:fromemail"",
strQuery = strQuery & " FROM scope('shallow traversal of """
strQuery = strQuery & strURL & """') Where ""DAV:ishidden"" = False AND
""DAV:isfolder"" = False AND "
'strQuery = strQuery & """urn:schemas:httpmail:datereceived"" &lt; CAST(""" &
dateto & """ as 'dateTime') AND "
strQuery = strQuery & """urn:schemas:httpmail:datereceived"" &gt; CAST(""" &
datefrom & """ as 'dateTime')</D:sql></D:searchrequest>" "SEARCH", strURL, false
req.setrequestheader "Content-Type", "text/xml"
req.setRequestHeader "Translate","f"
req.send strQuery
If req.status >= 500 Then
ElseIf req.status = 207 Then
set oResponseDoc = req.responseXML
set oNodeList = oResponseDoc.getElementsByTagName("a:displayname")
set oNodeList1 = oResponseDoc.getElementsByTagName("a:href")
set oSize = oResponseDoc.getElementsByTagName("a:getcontentlength")
set odatereceived = oResponseDoc.getElementsByTagName("a:creationdate")
set fEmail = oResponseDoc.getElementsByTagName("d:fromemail")
set TEmail = oResponseDoc.getElementsByTagName("d:to")
For i = 0 To (oNodeList.length -1)
set oNode = oNodeList.nextNode
set oNode1 = oNodeList1.nextNode
set oNode2 = oSize.nextNode
set oNode3 = odatereceived.nextNode
set oNode4 = fEmail.nextNode
set oNode5 = TEmail.nextNode
wscript.echo oNode3.text
export = 0
If InStr(LCase(oNode4.text),LCase(domaintosearch))Then
export = 1
End If
if InStr(LCase(oNode5.text),LCase(domaintosearch))Then
export = 1
End If
If export = 1 Then
Call AddtoFeed(oNode1.text,oNode.text)
End if
End If

end sub

sub AddtoFeed(exporthref,subject)

xmlreqtxt = "<?xml version='1.0'?><a:propfind xmlns:a='DAV:'
xmlns:mapi=''>" _
"</a:prop><a:prop><m:htmldescription/></a:prop><a:prop><m:datereceived/></a:prop></a:propfind>" "PROPFIND", exporthref, false, "", ""
req.setRequestHeader "Content-Type", "text/xml; charset=""UTF-8"""
req.setRequestHeader "Depth", "0"
req.setRequestHeader "Translate", "f"
req.send xmlreqtxt
set oResponseDoc1 = req.responseXML
set pfParentFolder = oResponseDoc1.getElementsByTagName("d:x6707001E")
set feFromEmail = oResponseDoc1.getElementsByTagName("e:fromemail")
set sjSubject = oResponseDoc1.getElementsByTagName("e:subject")
set drDateRecieved = oResponseDoc1.getElementsByTagName("e:datereceived")
set bdHtmlBody = oResponseDoc1.getElementsByTagName("e:htmldescription")
set dnDisplayName = oResponseDoc1.getElementsByTagName("a:displayname")

For i = 0 To (sjSubject.length -1)
set pfnode = sjSubject.nextNode
set pfnode1 = feFromEmail.nextNode
set pfnode2 = drDateRecieved.nextNode
set pfnode3 = bdHtmlBody.nextNode
Set pfnode4 = pfParentFolder.nextNode
Set pfnode5 = dnDisplayName.nextNode
wscript.echo pfnode.text
wscript.echo pfnode1.text
wscript.echo pfnode2.text
rem wscript.echo pfnode3.text
wscript.echo pfnode4.text
wscript.echo pfnode5.text
wscript.echo left(Replace(pfnode2.text,"T"," "),19)
Set objField2 = objDom.createElement("item")
objfield1.appendChild objField2
Set objField8 = objDom.createElement("guid")
Set objattID8 = objDom.createAttribute("isPermaLink")
objattID8.Text = "false"
objField8.setAttributeNode objattID8
objfield8.text = exporthref
objfield2.appendChild objField8
Set objField9 = objDom.createElement("title")
objfield9.text = pfnode.text
if objfield9.text = "" then objfield9.text = "Blank"
objfield2.appendChild objField9
Set objField10 = objDom.createElement("link")
objfield10.text = "http://" & Servername & "/public" & pfnode4.text
objfield2.appendChild objField10
Set objField11 = objDom.createElement("description")
objfield11.text = pfnode3.text
if objfield11.text = "" then objfield11.text = "Blank"
objfield2.appendChild objField11
Set objField12 = objDom.createElement("author")
objfield12.text = pfnode1.text
objfield2.appendChild objField12
Set objField13 = objDom.createElement("pubDate")
objfield13.text = WeekdayName(weekday(left(Replace(pfnode2.text,"T"," "),19)),3)
& ", " & day(left(Replace(pfnode2.text,"T"," "),19)) & " " &
Monthname(month(left(Replace(pfnode2.text,"T"," "),19)),3) & " " &
year(left(Replace(pfnode2.text,"T"," "),19)) & " " &
formatdatetime(left(Replace(pfnode2.text,"T"," "),19),4) & ":00 GMT"
objfield2.appendChild objField13
Set objField14 = objDom.createElement("category")
objfield14.text = unescape(Replace(LCase(pfnode4.text),LCase(pfnode5.text),""))
objfield2.appendChild objField14
set objfield2 = nothing
set objfield8 = nothing
set objfield9 = nothing
set objfield10 = nothing
set objfield11 = nothing
set objfield12 = nothing
set objfield13 = nothing

End Sub

function isodateit(datetocon)
strDateTime = year(datetocon) & "-"
if (Month(datetocon) < 10) then strDateTime = strDateTime & "0"
strDateTime = strDateTime & Month(datetocon) & "-"
if (Day(datetocon) < 10) then strDateTime = strDateTime & "0"
strDateTime = strDateTime & Day(datetocon) & "T" & formatdatetime(datetocon,4)
isodateit = strDateTime
end function

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