[ExchangeList] Re: Global auto reply for business closure

  • From: Rick Boza <rickb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2009 18:16:22 -0400

Can't think of anything built in.  This could certainly be accomplished via a serv-side event sync.

You'd be looking at custom development of course, but I wouldn't think it would be too complex.  Depending on the organization size, another solution could be a generic mailbox that is used as a catch-all with an OOF message enabled.  Might be able to get there with the archiving function and an OOF enabled on the archive mailbox...?

Just a few thoughts, anyhow.


On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 3:52 PM, Bridget Sullivan Ruud <BSullivan@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi list, I have been asked by our upper management to see if we can enable a global auto reply email message to all emails received while our organization shuts down over a week long furlough in July.


We are running Exchange 2003 in a single server environment with Win 2003 AD, fully patched as of early June 09. We use Postini’s service for external spam filtering and they have already said they do not have the ability to send a reply to all emails, unless we are bouncing messages back and not having them delivered to the recipients, which we do not want to do. Basically we want to receive them all but just have an auto reply to the effect of “Our offices will be closed from July 3 through July 12…” Management does not want to rely on individuals setting this up on their own since many people may not or the message may be inconsistent.


Is there anything within Exchange 2003 that can do this?


Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.



Bridget Sullivan Ruud

Network Manager

Northern California Public Broadcasting





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