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Pipe Microsoft Exchange Data to CSV in PowerShell

Use standard PowerShell cmdlets to access Microsoft Exchange tables.

The CData Cmdlets Module for Microsoft Exchange is a standard PowerShell module offering straightforward integration with Microsoft Exchange. Below, you will find examples of using our Exchange Cmdlets with native PowerShell cmdlets.

Creating a Connection to Your Microsoft Exchange Data

Specify the User and Password to connect to Exchange. Additionally, specify the address of the Exchange server you are connecting to and the Platform associated with the server.

$conn = Connect-Exchange  -User "$User" -Password "$Password" -Server "$Server" -Platform "$Platform"

Selecting Data

Follow the steps below to retrieve data from the Contacts table and pipe the result into to a CSV file:

Select-Exchange -Connection $conn -Table Contacts | Select -Property * -ExcludeProperty Connection,Table,Columns | Export-Csv -Path c:\myContactsData.csv -NoTypeInformation

You will notice that we piped the results from Select-Exchange into a Select-Object cmdlet and excluded some properties before piping them into an Export-Csv cmdlet. We do this because the CData Cmdlets append Connection, Table, and Columns information onto each "row" in the result set, and we do not necessarily want that information in our CSV file.

The Connection, Table, and Columns are appended to the results in order to facilitate piping results from one of the CData Cmdlets directly into another one.

Deleting Data

The following line deletes any records that match the criteria:

Select-Exchange -Connection $conn -Table Contacts -Where "BusinnessAddress_City = Raleigh" | Remove-Exchange

Inserting and Updating Data

The cmdlets make data transformation easy as well as data cleansing. The following example loads data from a CSV file into Microsoft Exchange, checking first whether a record already exists and needs to be updated instead of inserted.

Import-Csv -Path C:\MyContactsUpdates.csv | %{
  $record = Select-Exchange -Connection $Exchange -Table Contacts -Where ("Id = `'"+$_.Id+"`'")
  if($record){
    Update-Exchange -Connection $exchange -Table Contacts -Columns ("GivenName","Size") -Values ($_.GivenName, $_.Size) -Where ("Id = `'"+$_.Id+"`'")
  }else{
    Add-Exchange -Connection $exchange -Table Contacts -Columns ("GivenName","Size") -Values ($_.GivenName, $_.Size)
  }
}

As always, our goal is to simplify the way you connect to data. With cmdlets users can install a data module, set the connection properties, and start building. Download Cmdlets and start working with your data in PowerShell today!