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Dealing with Throttling restrictions in Exchange Web Services on Exchange 2010 SP1 in scripts and code

In Exchange 2010 SP1 throttling is enabled by default and while for the best part this is a good thing there are a few things you may need to be careful of if you have written code that retrieves a large number of items from a mailbox folder. While you can disable or set custom throttling polices for your application or scripts its generally a better idea to build your code to work within these throttling thresholds. With EWS the throttling policies affect a number of different areas from the number of concurrent connections one user can establish to a server, limits on the number of subscriptions and also the CPU time one particular user can consume when executing particular operations. For the most part if your using simple single threaded scripts where your not executing requests concurrently most of the settings wont have any bearing. The one policy setting that will have a direct affect on existing scripts or code is the EWSFindCountLimit which by default is limited to 1000. Th

Default Calendar permission Powershell GUI for Exchange 2010 SP1 and up

One of the new cmdlets in Exchange 2010 SP1 is the Set-MailboxFolderPermission cmdlet which was an addition to the other Exchange 2010 RTM folder permission cmdlets get-MailboxFolderPermission and add-MailboxFolderPermission. What this cmdlet gives you the ability to do is update the permissions of any folder within a mailbox as long as you are a member of the RBAC roles that allows you set them as specified in . Another thing this cmdlet does is give me the ability to revisit the default calendar folder permission GUI from this post (which used EWS and will still work okay on 2010) and rewrite this to be able to be used in Remote powershell so it will work against any 2010 SP1 server as well as anything else that supports these cmdlets such as live@edu or Office365. If you don't really want a GUI and would rather just export the permissions to CSV modify them and then reimport them that's easy to do for example to expo

Calculating Mailbox Sizes using Exchange Web Services and Powershell

Normally if you want to work out the size of a mailbox or the size of a mailbox folder as an administrator you would use get-mailboxstatistics and get-mailboxfolderstatistics the Exchange Management Shelll cmdlets which are the fastest and easiest way of retrieving this information on 2007 and 2010. However if you want to get the Mailbox size using normal user rights or the EMS cmdlets aren't an option then EWS can be used. There is no one property inside a mailbox that can be used to get the total size of a mailbox so like you needed to do in 2003 and earlier to calculate the size of a mailbox you need to get the size of each mailbox folder then sum these together. To get the Size of the Mailbox Folder and Deleted Items within a folder requires the use of the following extended Mapi properties PR_MESSAGE_SIZE_EXTENDED and PR_DELETED_MESSAGE_SIZE_EXTENDED To get the properties on all of the folders in a Mailbox a Deep Traversal findfolders operations from the Root
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