Load EmailMessage from .eml file

I write client application that uses Exchange Web Services managed API v.2.0 in order to connect to Exchange Web Services. During testing (we follow TDD) I need create EmailMessage object from saved .eml file. It’s easy find out that in order to store message object of type EmailMessage in .eml file we need call

message.Load(new PropertySet(BasePropertySet.FirstClassProperties, ItemSchema.MimeContent));

that set MimeContent property with byte array, and then save this value in .eml file.
Now we would like to code the reverse operation. Thus we need to do the following steps:

1. Create empty EmailMessage object.
2. Load content of .eml file into MimeContent property.
3. Save EmailMessage object at Exchange server, that requires valid ExchangeService object.
4. Load primary properties of the message, and then load attachments.
5. Delete temporary message from Exchange server.

The code listed below shows this workaround:

using System;
using System.IO;
using Microsoft.Exchange.WebServices.Data;

namespace Exchange.Mail
    public static class EmailMethods
        public static EmailMessage LoadEmailMessage(ExchangeService service,
            string fileName)
            // load data from file
            byte[] content;
            using (var file = File.OpenRead(fileName))
                content = new byte[file.Length];
                file.Position = 0;
                file.Read(content, 0, (int)file.Length);

            // create EmailMessage with mime content
            var message = new EmailMessage(service)
                     MimeContent = new MimeContent("UTF-8 ", content),
            message.Load(new PropertySet(BasePropertySet.FirstClassProperties, ItemSchema.MimeContent));
            if (message.HasAttachments)
                foreach (var attachment in message.Attachments)

            // set additional properties
            SetProperty(message, EmailMessageSchema.ReceivedBy, new EmailAddress("User", "User@example.com"));
            message.From = new EmailAddress("Admin", "Admin@example.com");
The code of SetProperty method is listed here.

1. All used IP-addresses, names of servers, workstations, domains, are fictional and are used exclusively as a demonstration only.
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