[ExchangeList] Re: Out-of-Office to Internet - On or Off?

  • From: "Ray Dzek" <Ray.Dzek@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2006 12:37:13 -0700

Thanks for the reply.  We use Postfix and SpamAssassin in front of the
Exchange environment to "pre-scrub" the inbound mail stream.  So what
comes through is pretty clean.  The users here are not big on mailing
lists.  I think I am probably the biggest user of mail lists.  And I
would prepare an FAQ for our intranet for some basic rules to apply to
oof messages.  I think the bottom line for end users is that the
"expected behavior" of an oof message would be that it would notify
anyone that emails you that you are not in the office.  Nowhere does it
say that the default is to only notify inside the company.


From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Taylor, George
Sent: Friday, June 09, 2006 7:26 AM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: Out-of-Office to Internet - On or Off?

There are a few things you need to look at, number one is wether or not
you care if people outside of your organization get oof replies.  The
second is how much spam makes it through your spam filter and hits
Exchange.  If you allow them your going to reply to all that spam which
in turn is going to bounce cause spam never copmes from a ligitamate
account and on it goes.  Third, do your users subscribe to mailing
lists?  Most lists if you send an oof reply to the list your kicked,
your users will love that.  My opinion is don't allow them.
George Taylor
Systems Programmer
Regional Health Inc.


From: Ray Dzek [mailto:Ray.Dzek@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2006 9:58 AM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] Out-of-Office to Internet - On or Off?

Hello Exchange Admins!
The itch I can't seem to scratch of the day is...
Do we enable Out-Of-Office replies to go out to the internet?  Is there
a general consensus on this?  What are the major drawbacks if any?  I
know anytime I post to one these lists I get at least 10 OOO messages.
Marketing and Engineering want it enabled.  Frankly, I don't really care
as long as there is no significant impact on the system, so I am turning
to you all for a little advice.
Thanks in advance.
Ray Dzek
Network Operations / Helpdesk Supervisor
Specialized Bicycle Components 

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