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Creating a new folder in EWS and add it to the MyContacts list in OWA in Exchange 2013/Office365

The peoples hub is one of the new features in Exchange 2013 and Exchange Online that is aimed at making your life richer. One little quirk if your creating new folders using EWS is that they won't appear in the My Contacts list inOWA eg if I was creating a folder named aNewContactsFolder you would get

To make the new Folder you just created appear in the MyContacts list rather then other contacts you need to set these two yet to be documented properties


Setting the value of these two named properties to 5 and 2 respectively will make the folder appear under My Contacts, if you want to move the folder into other contacts set the values to 10 and 2

Here's a sample script to create a New Folder as a subfolder of a Mailboxes Contacts Folder and set these two properties so the Contact Folder appears under MyContacts

To run the script pass the emailaddress of the mailbox you want to run it against as the first parameter and the foldername as the second parameter eg use something like .\createMyContactsFldv2.ps1 newfolderss

I've put a download of this script here the script itself looks like.
  1. ## Get the Mailbox to Access from the 1st commandline argument  
  2. $NewFolderName = $args[1]  
  3. $MailboxName = $args[0]  
  5. ## Load Managed API dll    
  8. $EWSDLL = (($(Get-ItemProperty -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue -Path Registry::$(Get-ChildItem -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue -Path 'Registry::HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Exchange\Web Services'|Sort-Object Name -Descending| Select-Object -First 1 -ExpandProperty Name)).'Install Directory') + "Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.dll")  
  9. if (Test-Path $EWSDLL)  
  10.     {  
  11.     Import-Module $EWSDLL  
  12.     }  
  13. else  
  14.     {  
  15.     "$(get-date -format yyyyMMddHHmmss):"  
  16.     "This script requires the EWS Managed API 1.2 or later."  
  17.     "Please download and install the current version of the EWS Managed API from"  
  18.     ""  
  19.     ""  
  20.     "Exiting Script."  
  21.     exit  
  22.     }  
  24. ## Set Exchange Version    
  25. $ExchangeVersion = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExchangeVersion]::Exchange2010_SP2    
  27. ## Create Exchange Service Object    
  28. $service = New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExchangeService($ExchangeVersion)    
  30. ## Set Credentials to use two options are availible Option1 to use explict credentials or Option 2 use the Default (logged On) credentials    
  32. #Credentials Option 1 using UPN for the windows Account    
  33. $psCred = Get-Credential    
  34. $creds = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential($psCred.UserName.ToString(),$psCred.GetNetworkCredential().password.ToString())    
  35. $service.Credentials = $creds        
  37. #Credentials Option 2    
  38. #service.UseDefaultCredentials = $true    
  40. ## Choose to ignore any SSL Warning issues caused by Self Signed Certificates    
  42. ## Code From  
  43. ## Create a compilation environment  
  44. $Provider=New-Object Microsoft.CSharp.CSharpCodeProvider  
  45. $Compiler=$Provider.CreateCompiler()  
  46. $Params=New-Object System.CodeDom.Compiler.CompilerParameters  
  47. $Params.GenerateExecutable=$False  
  48. $Params.GenerateInMemory=$True  
  49. $Params.IncludeDebugInformation=$False  
  50. $Params.ReferencedAssemblies.Add("System.DLL") | Out-Null  
  52. $TASource=@' 
  53.   namespace Local.ToolkitExtensions.Net.CertificatePolicy{ 
  54.     public class TrustAll : System.Net.ICertificatePolicy { 
  55.       public TrustAll() {  
  56.       } 
  57.       public bool CheckValidationResult(System.Net.ServicePoint sp, 
  58.         System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate cert,  
  59.         System.Net.WebRequest req, int problem) { 
  60.         return true; 
  61.       } 
  62.     } 
  63.   } 
  64. '@   
  65. $TAResults=$Provider.CompileAssemblyFromSource($Params,$TASource)  
  66. $TAAssembly=$TAResults.CompiledAssembly  
  68. ## We now create an instance of the TrustAll and attach it to the ServicePointManager  
  69. $TrustAll=$TAAssembly.CreateInstance("Local.ToolkitExtensions.Net.CertificatePolicy.TrustAll")  
  70. [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::CertificatePolicy=$TrustAll  
  72. ## end code from  
  74. ## 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    
  76. #CAS URL Option 1 Autodiscover    
  77. $service.AutodiscoverUrl($MailboxName,{$true})    
  78. "Using CAS Server : " + $Service.url     
  80. #CAS URL Option 2 Hardcoded    
  82. #$uri=[system.URI] "https://casservername/ews/exchange.asmx"    
  83. #$service.Url = $uri      
  85. ## Optional section for Exchange Impersonation    
  87. #$service.ImpersonatedUserId = new-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ImpersonatedUserId([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ConnectingIdType]::SmtpAddress, $MailboxName)   
  90. #PropDefs   
  91. $PeopleHubSortGroupPriority = new-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExtendedPropertyDefinition([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.DefaultExtendedPropertySet]::Common, "PeopleHubSortGroupPriority", [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.MapiPropertyType]::Integer);  
  92. $PeopleHubSortGroupPriorityVersion = New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExtendedPropertyDefinition([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.DefaultExtendedPropertySet]::Common, "PeopleHubSortGroupPriorityVersion", [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.MapiPropertyType]::Integer);  
  94. # Bind to the Contacts Folder  
  96. $folderid= new-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.FolderId([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.WellKnownFolderName]::Contacts,$MailboxName)     
  97. $Contacts = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.Folder]::Bind($service,$folderid)  
  99. $NewFolder = new-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.Folder($service)    
  100. $NewFolder.DisplayName = $NewFolderName    
  101. $NewFolder.FolderClass = "IPF.Contact"  
  102. $NewFolder.SetExtendedProperty($PeopleHubSortGroupPriority,5);  
  103. $NewFolder.SetExtendedProperty($PeopleHubSortGroupPriorityVersion,2);  
  104. $NewFolder.Save($Contacts.Id)    
  105. "Created Folder"  

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