How to read the response details from the discussion board list using Powershell script?


I have a SharePoint 2010 Discussion Board and it has many Discussions and Responses.

Customer asked me to read the responses entered for a particular discussion topic from the discussion board using Powershell script.


I have used the below Powershell script to do this.

if((Get-PSSnapin | Where {$_.Name -eq “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell”}) -eq $null)
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell;

$web = Get-SPWeb “http://server/sites/JRDW”
$listName = $web.GetList(“http://server/sites/JRDW/Lists/TestDiscuss/”)
#Get desired discussion topic by Name Or Run a for each by removing the where class
$discussionTopics = $listName.Folders | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq “Test 1″}

#Get all discussion messages
$caml='<Where><Eq><FieldRef Name=”ParentFolderId” /><Value Type=”Integer”>{0}</Value></Eq></Where>’ -f $discussionTopics.ID
$query = new-object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPQuery
$query.Query = $caml
$query.ViewAttributes = “Scope=’Recursive'”;
$sourceMessages = $listName.GetItems($query)

foreach ($sourceMessage in $sourceMessages) {

Write-Host $sourceMessage[“Body”];
Write-Host $sourceMessage[“TrimmedBody”];
Write-Host $sourceMessage[“Author”];
Write-Host $sourceMessage[“Editor”];
Write-Host $sourceMessage[“Modified”];
Write-Host $sourceMessage[“Created”];


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