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How Do I Set Reply and Forward Default Sending Account

We have set up an exchange server 2003 on small business server 2003. In the clients outlook we have the exchange server set as default storage location (So they can have backed up email and exchange capability) and a pop account  and the default account (because we have extensive spam and virus filtering on the pop server that we do not want to pay for all over again by having the exchange handle all the email).

The problem is that when users hit reply or forward it wants to use the exchange server to do so by default. No problem for the most part, we have our smtp and pop connectors setup correctly (we think). The only issue we have is when we go to reply or forward to another account on the pop server.

Example: john@xyz.com forwards and email to tammy@xyz.com

I see that in outlook 2003 you can manually change the account drop down to the pop account and that makes everything work just fine. However, I cannot find anywhere, not even in the registry to force a default for replys and forwards. I have read posts that say it cannot be done, however I simply need to provide this ability one way or another without loosing the pop service or the exchange capabilities.

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8/22/2022 - Mon

I am not aware of a way this can be done.

However, you can enable IMF in Exchange, which is a reasonable spam filter.  This would overcome one of your issues (you wouldn't need to purchase more antispam).  The only thing to note is that you wouldn't be able to use the SBS POP Connector to download the email into Exchange, you'd need to use a third-party utility (the SBS connector bypasses IMF).

Assuming your anti-virus and anti-spam are provided by your ISP or email provider, you can also configure Exchange to collect email from each person's POP accounts - in this case you shouldn't even need IMF.  This way Exchange could handle all your email, you'd keep your existing filtering, and users wouldn't need additional POP accounts on the Outlook clients.

I agreed with the above that you can use POP connector in Exchange to collect emails from the same mail server, thus utilising the AV or spam package already in place.

Alternatively, you can set user POP accounts as the default account so user will always use this POP account to send. However when an user reply to an email it will always use the account that downloaded the particular message.

Sorry I left this open but I thought I would add some closure on this issue. It turned out that the problem was being caused by a domain called (ex.) domain, and in the active directory address list that is what it was responding to instead of having the actual email address listed as where to send things. Problem is resolved
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