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Good day,

i have a scenario. i have a Universal Disturbution Group in Exchange called "recruitment" with an email address recruitment@email.com, and it has one member Joe.soap@email.com, to which all mail going to recruitment@email.com fwds immediatly to Joe.soap@email.com, who is just a std user of the domain. now they handle everything concerning HR amongst other accounts stuff. I need to put an auto reply to all mail going to recruitment@email.com.

I have tried using the Rules wizard and started with a blank rule and taken the following steps:

Check msgs when they arrive ----> sent to ppl or distrubution list (i select recruitment group from the GAL) ----> have server reply using a specific msg (whereupon i compse the relevant msg) ------> dont select any exceptions cos there are none ----> name and save the rule.

i then test the rule by sending a mail to recruitment@email.com, but i dont get the auto reply i set in the rule, and the test mail goes thru to Joe.soap@email.com as per usual like the rule isnt even there.

It seems i am missing something small and simple, but cos its seems so simple i might be taking it for granted.

Cheers,
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Do auto-reply messages work on any other mailboxes in the exchange organization?  If no: On the exchange server, Start Exchange System Manager > Double-click Global Settings > Internet Message Formats > in the right pane, right-click the domain name > Properties . The default Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) domain contains an asterisk (*). Click the Advanced tab. check Allow Automatic Replies check box.
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I have just done that, the check box wasnt checked, so i have checked it and sent a test mail.

however the Out of office relpy wasnt checked either but users have set out of office replies without a problem!

.....And its still doing the samething!
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>>> but users have set out of office replies without a problem!
You have confirmed that -external- recipients can get them?  Or only internal?

How is your mail delivered to the mailbox?  Does exchange handle incoming or do the clients pop their mail?
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by:SimonQureshi
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>>> but users have set out of office replies without a problem!
>>>>>>>You have confirmed that -external- recipients can get them?  Or only internal?

i am guessing only internal, external is unconfirmed!

Exchange handles incoming yes.
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Ok, try stopping Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) and Microsoft Exchange Routing Engine services.  Then restart them and test.

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>>>>>>Ok, try stopping Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) and Microsoft Exchange Routing Engine services.  Then restart them and test.


nope.
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You may want to test the funtionality using a different mailbox than recruitment.

>>> and the test mail goes thru to Joe.soap as per usual
I didn't see in the rule you listed where the email gets forwarded to joe.soap; how does the mail get forwarded to joe?  Make sure the rule to have the server reply is first.
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Joe is a member of the Recruitment Universal Distrubution Group, anyone who gets added in there will recieve the mails going to recruitment@email.com
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Ah, I see, I missed that.

At this point, I don't think you can pinpoint the problem down to the rule or the mailbox.  To test, set up a rule similar (the have server respond portion) and test with an outside email account.  If it doesn't go through, its exchange.

Oh, you may want to try removing the " sent to ppl or distrubution list (i select recruitment group from the GAL)" portion from your rule so that the rule runs against all email going to the recruitment mailbox.

If possible, you may want to try a complete reboot of the server.
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>>>>>Oh, you may want to try removing the " sent to ppl or distrubution list (i select recruitment group from the GAL)" portion from your rule so that the rule runs against all email going to the recruitment mailbox.
but i cant apply that to that mailbox, its not a users mailbox, if that makes sense, if i do all mail going to joe.soap will get the auto reply.

If it doesnt work internally why would it work externally? or are u saying it might work to an external account?
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How are you creating the rule?  Are you logging into the recruitment mailbox and setting up the rule or where?
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im going to Joe.Soaps machine and setting the rule there. Cos thats where the mail goes.
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i got it!!
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ive gone into the Properties of the Recruitment Group, and under the exchange advanced tab theres a "Send out-of-office msgs to originator" check box. i have checked that and it has worked! but i take it the fiorst option u suggested needed to be done too!

Thanx for your help.
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Phew, glad its working! :)
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