How To Move or Copy Folder Items with WebDAV

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This article demonstrates how to move or copy folder items by using Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) and Microsoft Visual Basic (VB).


A typical move or copy request resembles the following:
Move SourceURL
Destination DestinationURL
The following sample demonstrates how to move or copy an item, Test1, from Folder1 to Folder2.

NOTE: You can only copy or move objects within the same store.
  1. In Exchange 2000 Server, under All Public Folders, create two public folders and name them Folder1 and Folder2. In Folder1, create an item and name it Test1.
  2. In VB, create a Standard EXE project. Form1 is created by default.
  3. Add a command button to Form1 and name it Command1.
  4. Add a reference to the MSXML object library.
  5. Paste the following code in the code section of Form1.

    NOTE: Change e2kServer in the code to the name of your Exchange server.
    Private Sub Command1_Click()
    sSourceURL = "http://e2kServer/Public/Folder1/Test1.eml" 'TO DO
    sDestinationURL = "http://e2kServer/Public/Folder2/Test1.eml" 'TO DO
    'CopyMoveUsingWebDav sSourceURL, sDestinationURL, True 'To Copy
        CopyMoveUsingWebDav sSourceURL, sDestinationURL, False 'To MoveEnd Sub
    Sub CopyMoveUsingWebDav(ByVal sSourceURL As String, ByVal sDestinationURL As String, ByVal bCopy As Boolean)
    ' dim for xml 2.0
    'Dim XMLreq As MSXML.XMLHTTPRequest
    ' dim for xml 4.0
    Dim sReq As String
    'Use XML to create the new folder.
    Set XMLreq = CreateObject("Microsoft.xmlhttp")
    If bCopy Then "COPY", sSourceURL, False
    Else "MOVE", sSourceURL, False
    End If
    XMLreq.setRequestHeader "Destination", sDestinationURL
    'Send the request to set the search criteria.
    'Display the results.
    If (XMLreq.Status >= 200 And XMLreq.Status < 300) Then
      Debug.Print "Success!   " & "Results = " & XMLreq.Status & ": " & XMLreq.statusText
    ElseIf XMLreq.Status = 401 then
      Debug.Print "You don't have permission to do the job! Please check your permissions on this item."
      Debug.Print "Request Failed.  Results = " & XMLreq.Status & ": " & XMLreq.statusText
    End If
    End Sub
  6. Run the project.NOTE: If you run the code to move Test1 (bCopy = false), make sure that you have at least Editor permissions in Exchange on Test1.


Article ID: 290111 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 2.5
  • Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Standard Edition
  • Microsoft XML Parser 2.0
  • Microsoft XML Parser 3.0
  • Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0
  • Microsoft Visual Basic Enterprise Edition for Windows 6.0
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Edition
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