Search and Delete certain Items/Folders from a Mailbox

The Story

During a project of Hybrid migration from Exchange on-premises to Exchange online, I was almost about to finalize the project by moving the last remaining users mailboxes however had an interesting issue to deal with where a user was failing with the following error:

The Error after migration:

Error: MigrationPermanentException: Mailbox dumpster size 50.87 GB (54,620,074,576 bytes) exceeds target quota 30 GB –> Mailbox dumpster size 50.87 GB exceeds target quota.

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After some research it turned out that you can clean the dumpster using search-mailbox PowerShell cmdlet, Sync the user’s object with ADConnect and then continue the migration from the last failure.

To solve the issue, Go on your Exchange on-premises and launch Exchange Management shell

Solution applied:

First, Let’s see the user’s dumpster and recoverable items

Get-MailboxFolderStatistics -Identity “User” -FolderScope RecoverableItems | Format-Table Name,FolderPath,ItemsInFolder,FolderAndSubfolderSize

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To Delete the dumpster only use this

Delete dumpster only

Search-mailbox -identity User -SearchDumpsterOnly –DeleteContent

To delete a certain email with certain subject in the dumpster use the following:

Get-mailbox “user”| search-mailbox –searchquery “Subject:’*'” –DeleteContent –SearchDumpsterOnly

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The cmdlet will search and delete

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Reference:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/search-for-and-delete-messagesadmin-help

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