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Using the ExcludesBitmask SearchFilter\ Restriction in EWS

Complex properties are one of the more challenging elements when it comes to developing with Exchange and bitwise properties are one of the more challenging property types you may need to deal with. The most common bitwise property in Exchange you may access/use is the PR_MessageFlags property . If you look at this property on a Message that you received you might see something like

What the  ExcludesBitmask SearchFilter/Restriction in EWS allows you to do is create a search where you can specifically exclude messages because they have one of these bitmask values set. Eg you might want to exclude Draft messages from your search or maybe you want to exclude any messages that where SentBy you in the Inbox. You can also use this Search Filter with the Not filter which Negates the restriction so if I created a Searchfilter to excluded all messages with the MSGFlag_HasAttached then negated that with the Not filter I would then only get the message where the MSGFlag_HasAttached bit-wise is set.

Using this the EWS Managed API is pretty simple you first define the property you want to search on and then create a SearchFilter using this property and the Bitwise Value as the variable eg

ExtendedPropertyDefinition PR_MESSAGE_FLAGS = new ExtendedPropertyDefinition(0x0E07,MapiPropertyType.Integer);
SearchFilter ExcludeDraft = new SearchFilter.ExcludesBitmask(PR_MESSAGE_FLAGS, 8);

This creates a SearchFilter that excludes draft messages, If you want to Negate that you can use

SearchFilter JustDrafts = new SearchFilter.Not(ExcludeDraft);

Which would then create a filter that just retrieved draft messages.

In PowerShell you can write a function like the following

function Query-MessageFlag  {
             [Parameter(Position=0, Mandatory=$true)] [string]$MailboxName,
  [Parameter(Position=1, Mandatory=$true)] [System.Management.Automation.PSCredential]$Credentials,
  [Parameter(Position=2, Mandatory=$false)] [switch]$useImpersonation,
  [Parameter(Position=3, Mandatory=$false)] [string]$url,
                [Parameter(Position=4, Mandatory=$true)] [Int32]$Flag,
  [Parameter(Position=5, Mandatory=$true)] [string]$FolderPath,
  [Parameter(Position=6, Mandatory=$false)] [switch]$Negate,
  [Parameter(Position=7, Mandatory=$false)] [switch]$SummaryOnly
   $service = Connect-Exchange -MailboxName $MailboxName -Credentials $Credentials -url $url 
   $service = Connect-Exchange -MailboxName $MailboxName -Credentials $Credentials
   $service.ImpersonatedUserId = new-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ImpersonatedUserId([Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ConnectingIdType]::SmtpAddress, $MailboxName) 
   $folderId = FolderIdFromPath -FolderPath $FolderPath -SmtpAddress $MailboxName
  if($folderId -ne $null){
   $Folder = [Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.Folder]::Bind($service,$folderId) 
   Write-Host ("Folder Name : " + $Folder.DisplayName)
   $PR_MESSAGE_FLAGS = new-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ExtendedPropertyDefinition(0x0E07,[Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.MapiPropertyType]::Integer); 
   $sfItemSearchFilter = new-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.SearchFilter+ExcludesBitmask($PR_MESSAGE_FLAGS, $Flag) 
    $sfItemSearchFilter = new-object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.SearchFilter+Not($sfItemSearchFilter)
    $ivItemView =  New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ItemView(1000)
    $fiItems = $null    
     $fiItems = $service.FindItems($Folder.Id,$sfItemSearchFilter,$ivItemView)    
     foreach($Item in $fiItems.Items){      
         Write-Host($Item.DateTimeReceived.ToString() + " : " + $Item.Subject)       
     $ivItemView.Offset += $fiItems.Items.Count    
    }while($fiItems.MoreAvailable -eq $true) 
     $ivItemView =  New-Object Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data.ItemView(1)
     $fiItems = $service.FindItems($Folder.Id,$sfItemSearchFilter,$ivItemView)  
     Write-Host ("Total Items : " + $fiItems.TotalCount)

The above function comes from the following script on Github demonstrates how to either get Items or a Summary count of those Items based on a bitwise flag exclusion or a negation of that exclusion. Again some examples may be in order

Example 1 Search for messages in the Inbox not sent from you using the mfFromMe bitwise flag

Query-MessageFlag -MailboxName -FolderPath '\Inbox' -Flag 32 -SummaryOnly

Example 2 Search for messages in the Inbox  sent from you using the mfFromMe bitwise flag (this is using a Negate filter)

Query-MessageFlag -MailboxName -FolderPath '\Inbox' -Flag 32 -SummaryOnly -Negate

Example 3 Search for messages with the Attach Flag set in the Inbox mfHasAttach

Query-MessageFlag -MailboxName -FolderPath '\Inbox' -Flag 16 -SummaryOnly -Negate

Example 4 Search for message with Read Recipient flag mfNotifyRead and Negate that

Query-MessageFlag -MailboxName -FolderPath '\Inbox' -Flag 256  -SummaryOnly -Negate

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