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Email Forwarding Queue Using Exchange/Outlook

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I am looking for a way to set up a distribution queue in either Outlook or Exchange.  When an email comes in to a specified account, I want it to be forwarded to a queue of recipients.  However, I want the email forwarded only to the person on the top of the queue.  Once the email is sent, move that user to the bottom of the queue and the next forwarded email would go to the next person in the queue.

Is there an add-on or some way using Outlook or Exchange to do something like this?

Thanks!
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by:ormerodrutter
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I know what you are trying to do but there is no way you can do it in Exchange or Outlook. May be a third party software could help but not as far as I know.
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by:peakpeak
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You can use scripting for this. You need to have an Outlook running on the specific account to process the list. No ready made solution but many examples to build from here:
http://www.outlookcode.com
http://www.slovaktech.com/code_samples.htm
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by:Ant_Dogg
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I don't really want to do this through Outlook, but rather directly through Exchange.  

I think what I'll have to do is put together a VB.Net service that can monitor an Exchange mailbox.  When email comes in I'll forward it to the next user in the Active Directory group.

Has anyone done anything like this in VB.Net or seen and code examples of something close?
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by:peakpeak
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You're speaking about running code on the very Exchange server! Do you qualify for it?
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by:peakpeak
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Hint: you do Not Do That !
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by:Ant_Dogg
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Maybe I missed something here..  Why would I not "qualify" to run a service that listens to a specific mailbox?  I want this to be stand-alone rather than having to run it on a desktop somewhere monitoring an Outlook mailbox.
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That looks like it explains how to send all mail that comes to a domain to a specified mailbox.  I want to forward email from a specified mailbox to a queue.

Anyone else out there have ideas on how to do this using VB.net?
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by:Ant_Dogg
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Please close question.  I went ahead and wrote a Windows service that does this for me.
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