How do I delete from Entire Org email?

Jonathan Santoya -

Video Tutorial

Deleting a Specific Email from Entire Organization in Exchange 2010

There are many scenarios where we need to get rid of some Emails from the whole server


1. Virus

2.Confidential Email sent wrongly – Got to remove it

3. Need to remove a Email with Specific subject from all the mailboxes


Exchange 2010 has Good features on Searching it and Remove it .

So Will Learn how to do that.


For a User to Execute this commands , he needs specific permissions like he should be a member of Discovery Management role and he should be member of Mailbox Import Export

By Default, Administrator is not a member these roles

Use Exchange Management Shell

Replace the User Name with the Person whom you want to give access to Search and delete

Add-RoleGroupMember "Discovery Management" -Member "User Name"

You can use GUI or Shell, Adding the Discovery Management Role via GUI is much easier.



Login with the Exchange Control Panel URL below -


Login with Admin Credentials -




Double Click on Discovery Management and Add Administrator as a member of Discovery Management and Save it





To Add a User in Mailbox Import Export Role – Run in Exchange Management Shell


New-Managementroleassignment –Role “Mailbox Import Export” –User “Administrator”




Close and Reopen the Exchange Mangement Shell – so that the new commands will start working


Now Before Deleting in Bulk , We can use a log only switch to verify how many Mails we are going to delete

and to verify the we are going to delete the right one


Get-mailbox | search-mailbox –searchquery “Subject:’virus’” –Logonly –Targetmailbox administrator –Targetfolder Inbox


Now this will show how many mailboxes have this content



A mail will be generated to Administrators inbox with Item Count As shown below –





Now we will go ahead and delete it

Get-mailbox | search-mailbox –searchquery “Subject:’virus’” –DeleteContent



Before — From All the Mailboxes



Now its gone from All the mailboxes


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