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out of office message for entire company

Hi Experts,
                 I've enabled out of office for exchange 2007 already. What i need is a way to set out of office message on the server for EVERYONE instead of individually setting it on each machine. Please let me know as christmas and new year is coming and we need to do it quickly.
By the way we are running SBS2008 and Exchange 2007.
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
How to enable out-of-office reply messages to the Internet
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/821899
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shauncroucherCommented:
There is no way to do this in Exchange 2007 natively.

You can use this method:

http://exchangeshell.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/creating-a-custom-dsn-ndr-message-and-associate-with-a-transport-rule-in-exchange-2007/

Or log into every account using Outlook Web Access and set up. This may not be possible if you have lots of users.

Shaun
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MesthaCommented:
There is another option.
Exchange MVP Andy Grogan has a tool for centralised management of the OOTO message:

http://www.telnetport25.com/exchange-2007-downloads/199-exchange-2007-oof-configuration-tool-version-20-for-exchange-2007.html

Simon.
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mun_84Author Commented:
Is there any simpler way. I can't believe after all this while Exchange hasn't thought about it!
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mun_84Author Commented:
how about script for exchange console to run through the database and include the information.
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MesthaCommented:
No there is nothing simpler, because Out of the Office is a per user setting that is set exclusively client side, either Outlook or OWA. There is no interface for admin to manage it from the server.

This is a very unusual request, it only tends to come up at this time of the year, so it is probably not something that the Exchange team even considered. Given the complexities of doing so, it would only have been implemented if there was some kind of server access to the rules in each mailbox, but that doesn't exist either.

You have been given the options available to you. If there was something more straight forward then people would not have had to write something to do the job!

Simon.
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