Powershell and Lotus Notes

As you might know, Powershell works best with other Microsoft products, like MS Exchange.

Now what happens when you want to connect PS to some non Microsoft products? In my case that was Lotus Notes. The collaboration giant. As you probably know, Lotus has its own LotusScritp language, with whom you may create Lotus databases, agents, users, etc… With it you can do almost anything in Lotus.
Since I like to test and experiment with Powershell, and one of my projects was Powershell script and Exchange, Self-service user portal, I decided to play with Powershell and Lotus Notes. And I must say, I works.

First of all, If you want to connect to Lotus Notes via PS, you must start powershell or PS ISE in 32bit mode.

#open powershell in 32bit mode
#Start-Process $Env:WINDIR\SysWOW64\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe
#or ISE
#Start-Process $Env:WINDIR\SysWOW64\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell_ise.exe
if([Environment]::Is64BitProcess -eq $true)
                    write-output "64bit NO GO" 
            else {
                        write-output "32bit OK"
                        } #because you have a 64-bit PowerShell

Once you open the PS or ISE (I’m more of ISE or Visual Code person), you can start connecting to Lotus Notes.

One of my tasks, was to extract an HTML attachment which was sent everyday by our backup system. But with this code, will go through all mail documents in Inbox, and for those that have attachment, it will create a folder for every sender and create date subfolder with attachments in it.

$strUserView = '$Inbox'  
$DomServer = "SERVER/LN" 
$DomDBPath = "mail\user.nsf" 
$pwd4NotesDB = "Passw0rd" 
$ipPath2Export = "C:\Temp"

$DomSession = New-Object -ComObject Lotus.NotesSession #Use LN COM class
$DomSession.Initialize($pwd4NotesDB) #This is when Lotus asks for your password when you open it
$DomDatabase = $DomSession.GetDatabase($DomServer,$DomDBPath) #Initialize Database
$DomView  = $DomDatabase.GetView($strUserView) #Initialize View

Since the script has to go through all the mail, we need the loop.

$Counterf = $DomView.GetFirstDocument() #Define first document in view
While ($CounterF -ne $nul) {

$DomNexDocument = $DomView.GetNextDocument($CounterF) #Define Next doc

#Define some fields
$DomeLoopSubject = $CounterF.GetItemValue("Subject") #GetSubject
$DomeLoopFrom = $CounterF.GetItemValue("From") #GetFrom
$DomeLoopDate = $Counterf.GetItemValue("DeliveredDate")
$DomeLoopDate = '{0:yyyyMMdd}' -f $DomeLoopDate #GetDateandFormat

#for folder name we need to clean FROM

IF ($Counterf.HasEmbedded -eq "True") #IF attachment exists
      $AttachItem = $Counterf.GetFirstItem("Body") #Get all attachments     
       Foreach($A in $attachItem.EmbeddedObjects)
            $DomAttachSavePath = "$ipPath2Export"
            $DOmAttachSavePath = $DOmAttachSavePath+$DomeLoopFrom 
            Write-Output "Possible path  $DomAttachSavePath"
            New-Item -ItemType Directory -Force -Path $DomAttachSavePath >$null
            $Extractto = $DomAttachSavePath+"\"+$FILENAME       

$CounterF = $DomNexDocument #Raise counter

So, this is how I managed to export all attachments from my Inbox in Lotus Notes.

Good Luck