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Auto Reply Address in Exchange for Testing

Posted on 2007-11-20
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We wish to have an auto-reply email address configured on our Exchange server. The purpose of this is to monitor Exchange availability. We would send an email to this address on a regular basis, and confirm availability by the reply.

I understand that the out-of-office feature is available, however it will only reply to each address once. We want this as a permanent solution for replying. Does anyone know how this can be done? Either by a different method than out-of-office or else modifying out-of-office to reply constantly to the same address...
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by:mass2612
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Hi,

You could setup a server side Outlook rule on the mailbox you will be sending to that autoreplies to the message you send. You will also need to allow auto replies to the Internet.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/266166
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When I need to send an auto reply, I follow the following procedure:

1) Create the mailbox
2) Open Outlook and open the Rules configuration dialog
3) Create a new (blank) rule which checks messages when they arrive
4) Do not add any conditions, (you will be prompted that it will apply to every message - press Yes)
5) As the action, select the option "have server reply using a specific message"
6) By clicking on the "specific message" text, you can fill in the subject and message body which will make up the content of your autoreply. Don't enter anything into the From or To boxes as Exchange will work this out automatically based upon the sender of the message.

-tigermatt
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by:The_R0CK
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Thanks for the info. I will try it out and let you know
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by:Sembee
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The problem with auto reply is that it is enabled at an Org level. That means all of your users can then set an auto reply on their mailbox. That means it is only a matter of when, not if, you get an email loop.

Simon.
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