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Can I generate an NDR from a user's mailbox?

How can I generate an NDR from a user's mailbox without disabling their user account or deleting the mailbox?

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I'm not sure what you're trying to achieve. An NDR is a sign that something is wrong with email delivery, so things like filling the mailbox up would achieve the same result.

In theory, you could try spoofing an NDR using a carefully-worded auto-reply rule. However, this would appear as sent by the target mailbox, not by the System Administrator or Postmaster.

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  • This was first published in May 2006

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