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Outlook Server-side Rules vs. Client-side Rules

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Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Hi- i'm running exchange server 2003 with about 12 Outlook clients.  We are trying to create a rule to move "possible spam" email (which has been tagged "possible spam" through our email gateway) into a "possible spam" folder for each client.  Each time i create the rule, it works fine.  But it says it is a "client-only" rule and won't run unless the Outlook client is running.  

How can we make this a server-side rule so that the clients outlook doesnt have to be open for this to work?

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have you IMF installed on ex 2003 -it may better suit you rather than setting up rules for combating spam email

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What is IMF?
check this site out ex server 2003 SP2 remember its intelligent message filtering



thank you very much for your help.  i need to upgrade to exchange 03 sp2.  do you happen to have any suggestions about that?


one last question:  i'm not 100% sure what sp i have currently installed.  is there an easy to tell?
Go to your server in Exchange System Manager, right-click your server, choose Properties, and on the General tab you ll see it there


hmmmm, it says "version 6.5".  what does that mean?
but does it say any SP after that


no but it does say "(Build 6944.4)"
you may not have any SP installed check add/remove programs and if there is any SP there if not i would go ahead and do it


nope, none in the add/remove programs either.  can i install sp2 without installing sp1?
just make sure if you are installing SP2 for Exchange Server 2003,you are on Server 2003 or  2000 Server Service Pack 4 (SP4).
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You can go straight to SP2 for Exchange 2003. The service packs are cumulative.

If you have another product that is doing spam filtering then you may want to ask them if they have developed an Exchange event sink to filter the email. Event Sinks are the closest you will get to global rules without visiting every machine.

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