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Search and replace text in Adaxes email notifications

February 23, 2021 Views: 913

The script finds and replaces the specified text in the notifications sent by the Send email notification action in business rules, custom commands and scheduled tasks.


  • $textToSearch - Specifies the text to search for.
  • $replaceWith (optional) - Specifies the optonal text to replace all occurrences of $textToSearch with. If you omit this parameter, the script only lists all business rules, custom commands and scheduled tasks where the search text occurs.

Sample Usage:

This sample replaces the word Fabrikam with the word Acme in all email notifications:

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.\MyScript.ps1 -textToSearch "Fabrikam" -replaceWith "Acme"

The following example lists all business rules, custom commands and scheduled tasks where text Unmanaged Accounts is used in email notifications:

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.\MyScript.ps1 -textToSearch "Unmanaged Accounts"

The script:

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# A hash table with types of configuration objects and their aliases
$configurationObjectInfos = @{
    "BusinessRules" = "adm-BusinessRule";
    "CustomCommands" = "adm-CustomCommand";
    "ScheduledTasks" = "adm-ScheduledTask";
} # TODO: comment unnecessary

function CheckActions($actions, $textToSearch, $replaceWith, $objectType, $actionList, $actionCount)
    foreach ($action in $actions)
        if ($action.Class -ne "adm-SendMailNotificationAction")
        # Check whether the action contains the specified text
        $objectAction = $action.GetAction()
        $mailNotification = $objectAction.Text
        if (!($mailNotification.ToLower().Contains($textToSearch.ToLower())))

        # Get action description
        $actionDescription = $objectAction.CustomDescription
        if ([System.String]::IsNullOrEmpty($actionDescription))
            $actionDescription = $objectAction.GetOperationName("The $objectType", $NULL, 
        [void]$actionList.AppendLine("`t $actionDescription")


        if ([System.String]::IsNullOrEmpty($replaceWith))
        # Update the action
        $mailNotification = $mailNotification.Replace($textToSearch, $replaceWith)
        $objectAction.Text = $mailNotification
    return $actionCount

# Connect to the Adaxes service
$admNS = New-Object "Softerra.Adaxes.Adsi.AdmNamespace"
$admService = $admNS.GetServiceDirectly("localhost")

$totalActions = 0

foreach ($alias in $configurationObjectInfos.Keys)
        # Bind to the configuration container that contains objects of the current type
        $configurationContainerPath = $admService.Backend.GetConfigurationContainerPath($alias)
        $configurationContainer = $admService.OpenObject($configurationContainerPath, $NULL, $NULL, 0)

        # Find configuration objects
        $type = $configurationObjectInfos[$alias]
        $configurationContainer.SearchFilter =  "(objectCategory=$type)"
        $configurationContainer.PageSize = 500
        $configurationContainer.SearchScope = "ADS_SCOPE_SUBTREE"
        $searchResultIterator = $configurationContainer.ExecuteSearch()
        $searchResults = $searchResultIterator.FetchAll()

        # Search the specified text in email notifications
        foreach ($searchResult in $searchResults)
            # Bind to the Business Rule, Custom Command or Scheduled Task
            $object = $admService.OpenObject($searchResult.AdsPath, $NULL, $NULL, 0)
            $actionList = New-Object "System.Text.StringBuilder"
            $actionCount = 0
            foreach ($conditionedActions in $object.ConditionedActions)
                # Check actions
                $actionCount = CheckActions $conditionedActions.Actions $textToSearch $replaceWith $object.ObjectType $actionList $actionCount

                # Check ElseIf blocks
                foreach ($elseIfConditionedActions in $conditionedActions.ElseIfConditionedActions)
                    $actionCount = CheckActions $elseIfConditionedActions.Actions $textToSearch $replaceWith $object.ObjectType $actionList $actionCount
                # Check Else block
                $actionCount = CheckActions $conditionedActions.ElseActions $textToSearch $replaceWith $object.ObjectType $actionList $actionCount
            if ($actionCount -eq 0)
            # Output actions found
            $objectDisplayName = [Softerra.Adaxes.Utils.ObjectNameHelper]::GetObjectName($searchResult.AdsPath, "IncludeParentPath")
            Write-Host "Object name: $objectDisplayName" 
            Write-Host "Action descriptions:"
            Write-Host $actionList.ToString()

            $totalActions = $totalActions + $actionCount
            Write-Host "Search text found in" $actionCount "action(s)"
        if ($searchResultIterator) { $searchResultIterator.Dispose() }

if ([System.String]::IsNullOrEmpty($replaceWith))
    Write-Host "Total actions found:" $totalActions
    Write-Host "Search text replaced in $totalActions actions."

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