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Can I disable External OOF Feature on Outlook 2007

I am in the process of transitioning to Exchange 2007 from Exchange 2003, many of the users have Outlook 2007. Our policy is to disallow External OOF and only allow OOF internally. Exchange 2003 allowed administration to disable the External OOF feature.
I configured Exchange 2007 to disable external OOF by; On Exchange 2007 Under Organization Configuration - Hub Transport - Remote Domains  - Default  * - Out of Office Message Types delivered to this remote domain set at None. So my internal users will receive the OOF message and anyone externally will not.
I'm wondering if I can disable the External OOF feature on Outlook 2007 so the user will not have this option - i.e. grey-out the external OOF feature.

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apache09Commented:
"Our policy is to disallow External OOF and only allow OOF internally"

This can be done, however you have to realize in doing so your end users will not be able to use OOF for Internal Use.




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apache09Commented:
However if you want to remove the feature, In Outlook 2007 go to Tools>Trust Centre>Add-Ins>
At the bottom change Manage to "Exchange Client Extensions"
Untick "Exchange Extensions Commands"
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MesthaCommented:
Group policy might be able to remove it for you.

-M
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DEA2008Author Commented:
"However if you want to remove the feature, In Outlook 2007 go to Tools>Trust Centre>Add-Ins>
At the bottom change Manage to "Exchange Client Extensions"
Untick "Exchange Extensions Commands"
 This option removes both internal and external Out of Office Replies, I would like to remove the option for our users so they do not see the external out of office reply option.
I have configured Exchange 2007 so the External OOF are not sent but the user's still see the option and will think the option is availabe.
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apache09Commented:
As far as I know, Out of Office Assistant in 2007 is used for both internal and external OOO Messages.

There are no separate options for users to setup an Internal Out Of Office Assistant and External Out Of Office Assistant.

Of course you could be using a 3rd party app that allows end users to setup one or the other.....?
If this is the case you can just disable or remove the Add-In

Where are you seeing this option to setup a separate External Out Of Office Message?

Please post a screen shot of where users see this option.






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DEA2008Author Commented:
Attached is OOF Internal and External options, I would like to either remove the External OOF tab or have this option grayed out so our users don't think this option is available, since I have this option disabled on Exchange 2007.
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MesthaCommented:
I went through Group Policy and the option isn't there. Therefore I have to conclude the answer to this question is that it cannot be done.

-M
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apache09Commented:
This is not a Standard Office 2007 option.

Are you sure this is in Outlook 2007?

If you are then this option is a result of an Add-In.

You can verify by closing Outlook and reopening by:
Start>Run>Outlook.exe /safe
or Start>Run>Outlook.exe /no extensions

Check to see if this option is still available. If its not, you know its an Add-In.

Check the following registry location for this Add-In
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\Addins

Once located, set the behavior to 0.

If your not sure which one it is, just start by disabling all Non-Microsoft Add Ins.

Close and Re-Open Outlook and verify this option is no longer available.

Then go back and enable them one at a time until you have identified the Add-In.





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MesthaCommented:
apache09 - you are wrong. It is a standard Outlook 2007 option when Outlook is connected to an Exchange 2007 server. If you are on an older version of Outlook then you will see these options.

If the Out of Office addin is disabled it removes all OOTO options, which is not what the original poster wants.

-M
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DEA2008Author Commented:
Hopefully Microsoft can release this option for Businesses that only want to allow internal OOF messages.
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