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Posted on 2006-04-07
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We have a client that wants to moderate email sent to a distribution group, they want to be able to control what is sent to a particular group. This is Exchange 2003. MY soloution was to setup a mail enabled, moderated public folder with a rule to forward the approved message to the distribution group in question after it was moved back to the public folder after being approved by the moderator...

The problem here is when the moderator gets the message to approve, the 'POSTED IN:' field reads inbox and not the name of the public folder. This could be confusing for the moderator as he has no idea which public folder he is supposed to drag it back to.

I know, I know why don't we have people put the name of the public folder in the subject line? Apparently this is not an acceptable method.

Any suggestions?
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by:Sembee
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This is how I configure moderated groups:
http://www.amset.info/exchange/groups-moderated.asp

You are quite close to what I do.

Simon.
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by:dannytorbett
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Ok, so were on the same wavelength here... great minds think alike but I need to find away to make the 'Posted In' field reflect the fact that this was originally sent to a specific public folder so the gentle genius doesn't throw a hissy fit and break his putter over his knee in an adolescent fit of rage...I don't sound too bitter do I?
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by:Sembee
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There doesn't seem to be a way that you identify which folder the message was posted to.
I have my public folders set to format all messages as Note instead of post, but even in that format, unless you spot the "this message was auto forwarded" line you wouldn't know that it has come from a public folder, let alone which one.

It doesn't even leave a trace in the headers - it would appear to come from the sender directly to the recipient - not mention of the public folder anywhere.

Simon.
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by:dannytorbett
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Ok, I think we got that part solved...my partner was working on it so I'm not exactly sure how but when the fwd rule fires off to the dl the messages read the name of the public folder the original message was posted to. I will fill in how he did it when I talk to him. Now we are having an issue with the dl itself or rather the rule in the public folder. When the public folder fwds the message to the DL internal recipients get it but external recipients do not. In message tracking it shows the messages stopping at the catgorizer. There's nothing in the queues, nothing in Badmail and I have turned up logging to debug mode in the registry for the categorizer... it's not throwing off any catagorizer specific errors. We have validated that we can do a send as the public folder to the DL and it goes thru to the external recipients without a problem, also when we send a mail directly to the DL from any maibox it goes to both external and internal recipients. This leads me to believe that there is something wrong with the forwarding rule. Could there be a permissions issue with the rule? I am grasping at straws here.
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by:Sembee
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Have you got automatic forwarding enabled on your Exchange server? If you are forwarding out of a public folder to the list, the you will probably need that.

Simon.
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by:dannytorbett
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OK, cool. But now how do I only allow the public folder to auto forward, I don't want every Tom, Dick and Harry to be able to forward mail...
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Unfortunately it is an all or nothing setting. It effects the entire Exchange org. I would test it first - I might be wrong. I have only used moderated lists for internal recipients.

Simon.
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That bites ass but thanks for your help amigo...
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