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Creating an Out of Office rule for a given group

How do I set up an Out of Office rule from an Exchange 5.5 server for a given group?

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Unfortunately, you cannot configure Out of Office (OOF) notifications centrally. End users need to set this individually whenever they go out of the office. Alternatively, you can delegate rights to all mailboxes in the group to an administrative assistant; then they can manually log into each mailbox (they need to log on as primary user, not using a secondary mailbox) to set the OOF rule.

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  • This was first published in January 2006

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