Getting Inbox or Mailbox Rules in Office365 via Powershell

First, login to your tenant via Powershell using Microsoft’s new Exchange V2 Powershell module.

We’re going to be using the Get-InboxRule commandlet. If you run it outright, you’ll see a limited list of Inbox rules across your tenant. To narrow things down, you can use Get-InboxRule -Mailbox [user] to get rules for a specific user. Using the -Identity parameter will not work for this! Identity is for specifying specific Inbox rules. You can use wildcards, so you could do Get-InboxRule -Mailbox jeff*

The results will be:

From here, you can use the -Identity parameter to get information on specific rules such as their date of creation, what they actually do, and more!

Check it out.

Using Get-Hotfix in Powershell to Gather Information

Quick and easy to use, Get-Hotfix can give you a bird’s eye view or can be used to quickly determine if a specific patch is installed.

Without arguments, Get-HotFix shows installed updates, including date

Get-HotFix -HotFixID id will show information for a specific hotfix

You can also filter by install date if you are encountering issues.

Disabling IMAP and POP Enabled for Mailboxes in Office365 Using Powershell V2 Module

I recently wrote about Microsoft’s new Powershell V2 Module and locating IMAP and POP enabled mailboxes using it. Now we’re going to get to disabling IMAP and POP to keep things secure! As of the date of this post (January, 2020) there are no new V2 modules to Set-CASMailbox, so we’ll have to use a V1 command. This will disable IMAP and POP across the tenant:

Get-EXOCASMailbox -Filter {IMAPEnabled -eq $True -or POPEnabled -eq $True} | Set-CASMailbox -ImapEnabled $false -PopEnabled $false

If you’d like to see a list of who will have the settings applied, you can add -whatif to the end

Locating IMAP and POP Enabled from Mailboxes in Office365 Using Powershell V2 Module

Using Microsoft’s recently released Exchange Online PowerShell V2 Module, we can easily find IMAP and POP from mailboxes in Office365 via Powershell.

Finding IMAP and POP Mailboxes, Powershell V2:

Get-EXOCASMailbox -Filter {IMAPEnabled -eq $True -or POPEnabled -eq $True}

If you’d like to disable, take a look at my next post about doing that!

Using Microsoft’s New Exchange Online PowerShell V2 module

Microsoft recently released a preview of their new Exchange Online Powershell module. One of the highlights is that it has built-in support for MFA-enabled admin accounts. One of my biggest pet peeves was that Microsoft made you jump through hoops and poorly supported MFA with their V1 module.

To get started, install the module from the Powershell gallery via

Install-Module -Name ExchangeOnlineManagement

Note only Powershell 5 is supported, with Powershell Core and 7 support coming… soon.

The commands have changed too. Get-Mailbox is still able to be run, but the new command is Get-EXOMailbox, which yields output more efficiently then its predecessor according to Microsoft, by changing what properties get shown and not including blank properties.

You can now connect via “Connect-ExchangeOnline” which creates an MFA-capable prompt. After you sign-in, you’re shown the new cmdlets!

Office365 Powershell One-Liner: Find Emails Stuck in Users’ Outboxes

I wrote this quick and dirty one-liner to help monitor and find stuck emails in Exchange / Office365 mailboxes across a tenant and export the list as a CSV.

Get-Mailbox -ResultSize Unlimited | Get-MailboxFolderStatistics | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq "Outbox" -and $_.ItemsInFolder -gt '0' } | Select-Object Identity, FolderType, ItemsinFolder, FolderSize | Export-CSV "C:\CSVs\Outbox.csv"

Easily Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2012 R2

I recently enabled Azure Active Directory (AD) Connect and wanted to turn this feature on. After doing some reading, I found a simple way to enable the AD Recycle Bin.

  1. In the management console, go to ToolsActive Directory Administrative Center
  2. Select Local Domain and in the Tasks Pane
  3. Select Enable Recycle Bin.
  4. Click OK

    NOTE: Be aware this feature cannot be disabled.

  5. Click OK.  Once enabled, wait for AD replication to complete as this is a change made on the configuration partition. This process may take a while should your organization have a large active directory infrastructure.

A very simple enablement of a process that could save you hours of restore time.  Again, this process cannot be reversed once invoked.

Empty the Recycle Bin for All Users with Powershell

On a new client’s server, I ran into an issue where a drive was running low on space and I found that another user account on the server (which had been deleted) had files in the Recycle Bin!

Thankfully, I found this Powershell command which worked to delete the files. All you have to do is open a Powershell console as admin and run the following command:

Get-ChildItem “C:`$Recycle.bin\” -Force | Remove-Item -Recurse -force

You can append -Whatif to do a test run and see what files will be deleted before actually deleting them.

How To: Disable Clutter in Office365

To disable Clutter in Office365 via Powershell, simply do the following:

Connect to Office365 Powershell for your account

Then simply run this command to disable Clutter for all mailboxes:

Get-Mailbox | Set-Clutter –enable $false

That’s it! If you want to disable Clutter for a single mailbox, you can do the following:

Set-clutter -identity user@email.com-Enable $false

To do this via the Office365 Portal, just navigate to: Mail > Automatic Processing > Clutter and turn it off!