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Outlook 2003 / Exchange 2000 : Out of Office Assistant - Remote Administration?

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I have a user who has taken his laptop with him on vacation and now decides he would like Out of Office Assistant turned on.
Short of changing his password, logging onto another machine as this user, opening Outlook and turning it on, is there any way I can perform this task?

I am thinking programatically through some sort of Exchange API, but I have never had occasion to delve programatically into Exchange other than creating a mailbox.

Thanks!

Outlook 2003
Exchange 2000

Code capabilites: VB.NET / Visual Studio 2005 Pro
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Hi dalsym,

Are you thinking about code he can run, or code you'd run?  If the former, then he'd have to do all the same things you described above before he could run the code.  You can't do anything programmatically with Outlook without creating a profile.  If instead you're talking about code you could run, then you'd have to create a profile for his account on your computer before you could do this.  Does your office use OWA?  If so, then that's the simplest way for him to do this remotely.  

Cheers!
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I was thinking code that I would run from my system. If there is something, I was thinking about building a small Windows form that would take the email account and the other parameters (out of office message, etc...) and having it be a handy little administration tool.

He could do that if he had Internet, but I think he is on a cruise, so the connectivity might be spotty.

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dalsym,

I can see where that would be handy.  It's doable, the code is really simple, but you will have to create an Outlook profile for each person you'd need to administer.
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Well. he already has an Active Directory account and mailbox on the Exchange server. Please explain a bit more what you mean by Outlook profile. Are you saying I would have to create a profile local to the machine that I would want to run my app from?
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dalsym,

> Are you saying I would have to create a profile local to the machine
> that I would want to run my app from?
Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying.  Not an operating system profile though, an Outlook profile.  The same process you go through when you set Outlook up on a computer for the first time.  You can do it via the Mail applet in the Control Panel or by going through Tools->E-mail Accounts in Outlook.  
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Right, I just wanted to make sure. That kind of sucks though. I think this would be a good app, but I really don't feel like having 150 profiles on my machine.

Thanks
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No problem.  Sorry there wasn't a better answer.
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