Use PowerShell to fill Exchange Mailbox(es) with data

Sometimes you have the need to fill up an Exchange Mailbox up to a certain level, e.g. to test migration speeds. In this post you find a tiny script which can do that for you. All you need is a folder with many files in it and a limit which you want to reach for your mailbox.

$ErrorActionPreference = 'SilentlyContinue'

[Double]$totalsize = 0
[Double]$attsize = 0
$pw = Read-Host ("Please enter the password for " + $O365Sender) -AsSecureString | ConvertFrom-Securestring
$creds = New-Object -TypeName System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -ArgumentList $O365Sender, ($pw | ConvertTo-SecureString)
#$files = Get-ChildItem -Path $FilesFolder -Exclude "*.mp4" -Recurse
$files = Get-ChildItem -Path $FilesFolder -include "*.pptx" -Recurse
$mailcount = 1
while ($totalsize -lt $SizeInMB)
 $attachment = $files[(Get-Random -Minimum 0 -Maximum ($files.Count - 1))].FullName 
 $attsize = ((Get-Item $attachment).Length / 1000000) 
 $totalsize += $attsize 
 Write-Host ("Sending mail number " + $mailcount.ToString() + "; total size: " + $totalsize.ToString()) 
 Send-MailMessage -From $O365Sender -to $Recipient -Attachments $attachment -SmtpServer -Credential $creds -UseSsl -Subject ("Mail number " + $mailcount.ToString() + " via PowerShell script") -port 587 -body "<br><h1>Hallo</h1><br><br>Dies ist eine automatische Mail<br><br>Regards,<br>Your PowerShell Bot" -BodyAsHtml  

As you see, the script is designed to send mails from an Office 365 Exchange Online Mailbox. It is using the SMTP client submission of Exchange Online. So you are limited to 30 messages per minute (by Nov 17th 2017, this limit may change any time).

The parameters of the script:

  • $recipient: The smtp address of the mailbox which should be filled.
  • $SizeInMB: The amount of data which will be sent. The script counts how many MBs are sent and will stop when it reaches the limit. It doesn’t check the actual mailox size so the result maybe lower because of single instance store technologies or similar.
  • $FilesFolder: The folder with data for the email attachments. The script will pick a random pptx-file from this folder and send it via email. If you’d like other file types than pptx, just change the search filter. I’ve decided for pptx files because they are often large and I have tons of them. If you need tons of files, try the Ignite downloader.
  • $O365Sender: The sign in name of the mailbox from where you want to send the emails.

With some small adjustements you can use the script also with an on-premises mailbox as a sender. Happy mailbox filling 🙂

Feel free to download the script from my GitHub Page: PowerShell-ExchangeOnline GitHub Repository

Published by Andreas

Founder of M365 Evangelists Cloud-Architect, Strategy Consultant, Consultant for Microsoft technologies, Graph API enthusiast, PowerShell enthusiast
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