Group specific email auto-response

Hi there

Recently I have removed the ability for a certain group of staff to send emails externally, this is to keep a track of outgoing correspondence in our CRM software.

The next step is to set up an auto-response message if anyone external tries to email to a member of the group. We are trying to avoid configuring everyones Outlook client seperately and would like to do this via the server. Is this possible, and if so, could you help me achieve this?

All clients are using Outlook 2007 on a combination of XP/Vista/Win 7 machines (all on domain) and the Exchange Server is running Windows Server Standard 2003 SP2 running Exchange 2003 SP2 (v 6.5)

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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pbraneAsked:
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pbraneConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Im afraid, like I said, Outlook config is out of the question. We will be upgrading to 2007 Exchange to achieve the goals. Thank you for your input though. I accept Nitin's last answer as partial as he was dead on when he said there is nothing in Exchange 2003 to to this.
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gupnitCommented:
Hi,
Use Contacts and configure the User's Properties to enable forwarding
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Nitin
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gupnitCommented:
Ignore Ignore - I thought Forwarding !!
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pbraneAuthor Commented:
I was going to say! Any other ideas?
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gupnitCommented:
Out of Box there is nothing that is available in Exchange 2003 that will work. Outlook is the ideal option for you. You will have to get hold of some developer and get some Event Sink written !
Else refer: http://www.amset.info/exchange/groups-autoreply.asp & http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Q_22641949.html
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Nitin
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