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Using Sender Flags in EWS

Sender Flags are an Outlook Feature that allow you to set a follow up flag on Message when your sending it as well as being able to set a Recipient Followup flag if you want to. (eg)


What happens in Exchange when you set a Sender Flag on a Message is documented in the Informational Flagging Protocol document http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc433487(v=exchg.80).aspx . If you want to do the same thing to a Message your sending in EWS there is nothing in the strongly typed classes to help out so you need to manually set two of the extended properties that are documented in that protocol document before you send the message and the Store will do the rest on submit. (More specifically what happens with the properties involved is documented here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee217246(v=exchg.80).aspx )

The important properties that are involved with sender flags are the PidTagSwappedToDoData which is used to Store the information about what sender flags your want (eg in Outlook configured via the above dialogue box).  This is a binary property containing an number of Flags, The text for the Message Flags and the DateTime values for the Start and DueDate. The full structure of the property is documented in http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee201575(v=exchg.80).aspx

The DateTime values used in this Property are stored as a 4-byte integer that are expressed as the number of minutes since 00:00:00 on January 1, 1601, in UTC. To get this Integer the method I used is a TimeSpan between the Date you want and January 1, 1601, in UTC, you can then get the TotalMinutes for the timespan as an Integer.

 TimeSpan ts = new DateTime(2013,12,01,0,0,0,0,DateTimeKind.Utc) - new DateTime(1601, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, DateTimeKind.Utc);

The other important property is the PidTagSwappedToDoStore which is used by the Store after the Message is submitted. To use this is EWS you need to construct it based on the format documented in http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee203516%28v=exchg.80%29.aspx . The information necessary for this can be obtain through AutoDiscover. 

I've created a Powershell and EWS Sample for setting a Sender Flag on a Message with a Start and DueDate. I've put a download of this script here the code itself looks like

  1. ## Get the Mailbox to Access from the 1st commandline argument  
  2.   
  3. $MailboxName = $args[0]  
  4.   
  5. $SenderFlagText = "This is a Test Blah Blah"  
  6. $FlagStartDate = (Get-Date).AddDays(1)  
  7. $FlagDueDate = (Get-Date).AddDays(7)  
  8.  
  9.  
  10. ## Load Managed API dll    
  11. Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange\Web Services\2.0\Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.dll"    
  12.    
  13. ## Set Exchange Version    
  14. $ExchangeVersion = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExchangeVersion]::Exchange2010_SP2    
  15.    
  16. ## Create Exchange Service Object    
  17. $service = New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExchangeService($ExchangeVersion)    
  18.    
  19. ## Set Credentials to use two options are availible Option1 to use explict credentials or Option 2 use the Default (logged On) credentials    
  20.    
  21. #Credentials Option 1 using UPN for the windows Account    
  22. $psCred = Get-Credential    
  23. $creds = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential($psCred.UserName.ToString(),$psCred.GetNetworkCredential().password.ToString())    
  24. $service.Credentials = $creds        
  25.    
  26. #Credentials Option 2    
  27. #service.UseDefaultCredentials = $true    
  28.    
  29. ## Choose to ignore any SSL Warning issues caused by Self Signed Certificates    
  30.    
  31. ## Code From http://poshcode.org/624  
  32. ## Create a compilation environment  
  33. $Provider=New-Object Microsoft.CSharp.CSharpCodeProvider  
  34. $Compiler=$Provider.CreateCompiler()  
  35. $Params=New-Object System.CodeDom.Compiler.CompilerParameters  
  36. $Params.GenerateExecutable=$False  
  37. $Params.GenerateInMemory=$True  
  38. $Params.IncludeDebugInformation=$False  
  39. $Params.ReferencedAssemblies.Add("System.DLL") | Out-Null  
  40.   
  41. $TASource=@' 
  42.   namespace Local.ToolkitExtensions.Net.CertificatePolicy{ 
  43.     public class TrustAll : System.Net.ICertificatePolicy { 
  44.       public TrustAll() {  
  45.       } 
  46.       public bool CheckValidationResult(System.Net.ServicePoint sp, 
  47.         System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate cert,  
  48.         System.Net.WebRequest req, int problem) { 
  49.         return true; 
  50.       } 
  51.     } 
  52.   } 
  53. '@   
  54. $TAResults=$Provider.CompileAssemblyFromSource($Params,$TASource)  
  55. $TAAssembly=$TAResults.CompiledAssembly  
  56.  
  57. ## We now create an instance of the TrustAll and attach it to the ServicePointManager  
  58. $TrustAll=$TAAssembly.CreateInstance("Local.ToolkitExtensions.Net.CertificatePolicy.TrustAll")  
  59. [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::CertificatePolicy=$TrustAll  
  60.  
  61. ## end code from http://poshcode.org/624  
  62.    
  63. ## Set the URL of the CAS (Client Access Server) to use two options are availbe to use Autodiscover to find the CAS URL or Hardcode the CAS to use    
  64.    
  65. #CAS URL Option 1 Autodiscover    
  66. $service.AutodiscoverUrl($MailboxName,{$true})    
  67. "Using CAS Server : " + $Service.url     
  68.     
  69. #CAS URL Option 2 Hardcoded    
  70.    
  71. #$uri=[system.URI] "https://casservername/ews/exchange.asmx"    
  72. #$service.Url = $uri      
  73.    
  74. ## Optional section for Exchange Impersonation    
  75.   
  76. function hex2binarray($hexString){  
  77.     $i = 0  
  78.     [byte[]]$binarray = @()  
  79.     while($i -le $hexString.length - 2){  
  80.         $strHexBit = ($hexString.substring($i,2))  
  81.         $binarray += [byte]([Convert]::ToInt32($strHexBit,16))  
  82.         $i = $i + 2  
  83.     }  
  84.     return ,$binarray  
  85. }  
  86.   
  87. function GetAutoDiscoverSettings{  
  88.     param (  
  89.             $adEmailAddress = "$( throw 'emailaddress is a mandatory Parameter' )",  
  90.             $Credentials = "$( throw 'Credentials is a mandatory Parameter' )"  
  91.           )  
  92.     process{  
  93.         $adService = New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.AutoDiscover.AutodiscoverService($ExchangeVersion);  
  94.         $adService.Credentials = $Credentials  
  95.         $adService.EnableScpLookup = $false;  
  96.         $adService.RedirectionUrlValidationCallback = {$true}  
  97.         $UserSettings = new-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Autodiscover.UserSettingName[] 3  
  98.         $UserSettings[0] = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Autodiscover.UserSettingName]::UserDN  
  99.         $UserSettings[1] = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Autodiscover.UserSettingName]::InternalRpcClientServer  
  100.         $UserSettings[2] = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Autodiscover.UserSettingName]::UserDisplayName  
  101.         $adResponse = $adService.GetUserSettings($adEmailAddress , $UserSettings);  
  102.         return $adResponse  
  103.     }  
  104. }  
  105. function GetAddressBookId{  
  106.     param (  
  107.             $AutoDiscoverSettings = "$( throw 'AutoDiscoverSettings is a mandatory Parameter' )"  
  108.           )  
  109.     process{  
  110.         $userdnString = $AutoDiscoverSettings.Settings[[Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Autodiscover.UserSettingName]::UserDN]  
  111.         $userdnHexChar = $userdnString.ToCharArray();  
  112.         foreach ($element in $userdnHexChar) {$userdnStringHex = $userdnStringHex + [System.String]::Format("{0:X}", [System.Convert]::ToUInt32($element))}  
  113.         $Provider = "00000000DCA740C8C042101AB4B908002B2FE1820100000000000000"  
  114.         $userdnStringHex = $Provider + $userdnStringHex + "00"  
  115.         return $userdnStringHex  
  116.     }  
  117. }  
  118. function GetStoreId{  
  119.     param (  
  120.             $AutoDiscoverSettings = "$( throw 'AutoDiscoverSettings is a mandatory Parameter' )"  
  121.           )  
  122.     process{  
  123.         $userdnString = $AutoDiscoverSettings.Settings[[Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Autodiscover.UserSettingName]::UserDN]  
  124.         $userdnHexChar = $userdnString.ToCharArray();  
  125.         foreach ($element in $userdnHexChar) {$userdnStringHex = $userdnStringHex + [System.String]::Format("{0:X}", [System.Convert]::ToUInt32($element))}   
  126.         $serverNameString = $AutoDiscoverSettings.Settings[[Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Autodiscover.UserSettingName]::InternalRpcClientServer]  
  127.         $serverNameHexChar = $serverNameString.ToCharArray();  
  128.         foreach ($element in $serverNameHexChar) {$serverNameStringHex = $serverNameStringHex + [System.String]::Format("{0:X}", [System.Convert]::ToUInt32($element))}  
  129.         $flags = "00000000"  
  130.         $ProviderUID = "38A1BB1005E5101AA1BB08002B2A56C2"  
  131.         $versionFlag = "0000"  
  132.         $DLLFileName = "454D534D44422E444C4C00000000"  
  133.         $WrappedFlags = "00000000"  
  134.         $WrappedProviderUID = "1B55FA20AA6611CD9BC800AA002FC45A"  
  135.         $WrappedType = "0C000000"  
  136.         $StoredIdStringHex = $flags + $ProviderUID + $versionFlag + $DLLFileName + $WrappedFlags + $WrappedProviderUID + $WrappedType + $serverNameStringHex + "00" + $userdnStringHex + "00"  
  137.         return $StoredIdStringHex  
  138.     }  
  139. }  
  140.   
  141.   
  142. function GetPidTagSwappedToDoData {  
  143.     param (  
  144.         $FlagText = "$( throw 'FlagText is a mandatory Parameter' )",  
  145.         $StartTime = "$( throw 'StartTime is a mandatory Parameter' )",  
  146.         $DueTime = "$( throw 'DueTime is a mandatory Parameter' )"  
  147.     )  
  148.     process{  
  149.         $todoTimeFlagged  = "01000000";  
  150.         $PidLidFlagRequest = ""  
  151.         $PidLidFlagRequestHexChar = $FlagText.ToCharArray();  
  152.         $PidLidFlagRequest = [System.BitConverter]::ToString([System.Text.UnicodeEncoding]::Unicode.GetBytes($FlagText)).Replace("-","")  
  153.         #Pad Flag to 512 Bytes  
  154.         for ($padCnt = $PidLidFlagRequest.Length / 2; $padCnt -lt 512; $padCnt++) {  
  155.                 $PidLidFlagRequest = $PidLidFlagRequest + "00";  
  156.         }  
  157.         $stime = New-Object System.DateTime $StartTime.Year,$StartTime.Month,$StartTime.Day,0,0,0,0,Utc  
  158.         $dtime =  New-Object System.DateTime $DueTime.Year,$DueTime.Month,$DueTime.Day,0,0,0,0,Utc  
  159.         $etime = New-Object System.DateTime 1601, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0,Utc  
  160.         [System.TimeSpan]$StartDateTimets = $stime - $etime  
  161.         [System.TimeSpan]$DateDueTimets = $dtime - $etime  
  162.         $HexDateStartTime = [System.Convert]::ToInt64($StartDateTimets.TotalMinutes).ToString("X8");  
  163.         $HexDateStartTime = $HexDateStartTime.Substring(6, 2) + $HexDateStartTime.Substring(4, 2) + $HexDateStartTime.Substring(2, 2) + $HexDateStartTime.Substring(0, 2);  
  164.         $HexDateDueTime = [System.Convert]::ToInt64($DateDueTimets.TotalMinutes).ToString("X8");  
  165.         $HexDateDueTime = $HexDateDueTime.Substring(6, 2) + $HexDateDueTime.Substring(4, 2) + $HexDateDueTime.Substring(2, 2) + $HexDateDueTime.Substring(0, 2);  
  166.         $ulVersion = "01000000";  
  167.         $dwFlags = "79000000"; #dwToDoItem,rtmStartDate,rtmDueDate ,wszFlagTo ,fReminderSet   
  168.         $dwToDoItem = $todoTimeFlagged;  
  169.         $wszFlagTo = $PidLidFlagRequest;  
  170.         $rtmStartDate = $HexDateStartTime;  
  171.         $rtmDueDate = $HexDateDueTime;  
  172.         $rtmReminder = "00000000";  
  173.         $fReminderSet = "00000000";  
  174.         return ($ulVersion + $dwFlags + $dwToDoItem + $wszFlagTo + $rtmStartDate + $rtmDueDate + $rtmReminder + $fReminderSet);  
  175.     }  
  176. }  
  177.  
  178. #$service.ImpersonatedUserId = new-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ImpersonatedUserId([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ConnectingIdType]::SmtpAddress, $MailboxName)   
  179. $SenderFlagEmail = New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.EmailMessage -ArgumentList $service    
  180. $SenderFlagEmail.ToRecipients.Add("glenscales@yahoo.com");  
  181. $SenderFlagEmail.Subject = "test";  
  182. $SenderFlagEmail.Body =  New-Object  Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.MessageBody([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.BodyType]::HTML,"test");  
  183. $PR_SWAPPED_TODO_DATA = new-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExtendedPropertyDefinition(0x0E2D,[Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.MapiPropertyType]::Binary);  
  184. $PR_SWAPPED_TODO_STORE = new-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExtendedPropertyDefinition(0x0E2C,[Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.MapiPropertyType]::Binary);  
  185.   
  186. $adset = GetAutoDiscoverSettings -adEmailAddress $MailboxName -Credentials $creds  
  187. $storeID = ""  
  188. if($adset -is [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Autodiscover.AutodiscoverResponse]){  
  189.     Write-Host ("Get StoreId")  
  190.     $storeID = GetStoreId -AutoDiscoverSettings $adset  
  191. }  
  192.   
  193. $senderFlagHex = GetPidTagSwappedToDoData -FlagText $SenderFlagText -StartTime $FlagStartDate  -DueTime $FlagDueDate  
  194.   
  195. $SenderFlagEmail.SetExtendedProperty($PR_SWAPPED_TODO_DATA,(hex2binarray $senderFlagHex));  
  196. $SenderFlagEmail.SetExtendedProperty($PR_SWAPPED_TODO_STORE,(hex2binarray $storeID));  
  197. $SenderFlagEmail.SendAndSaveCopy();  
  198. Write-Host ("Message Sent")  


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