out of office on exchange for sbs server 2003

Out of Office doesn't work when a user turn's it on via outlook on their client.

The server as out of office enabled or ticked in the global settings so I'm not sure why it's not working.

The server is using the pop3 connector.
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bootuppcAsked:
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setasoujiroCommented:
no problem

open the system manager
under first org. group-->connectors-->there is an small business smtp connector-->properties-->
thick the box that says "Use DNS to route to each address..."

that's it, disregard the other stuff i said, i forgot it was sbs 2003
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setasoujiroCommented:
does it work when a client enables it via outlook web access?
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connectexCommented:
Is there an error message? Does it go through the motions and then doesn't work when a message is sent?

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bootuppcAuthor Commented:
Exactly right, there is no error message it just goes through the motions and then doesn't work.

I'll test it on owa and let you know.
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bootuppcAuthor Commented:
I just checked via owa and it was already enabled, so no it doesn't work via owa either.

Also it appears to work internally but not externally.
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setasoujiroCommented:
ok,
system manager -> global settings -> internet message formats -> right click on default ->advanced ->
allow out of office.
 
but you said that was OK

Do you deliver mail over a smarthost?
if so, try delivering mail over direct MX lookup
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bootuppcAuthor Commented:
yes system manager -> global settings -> internet message formats -> right click on default ->advanced -> is already allowed.

How do I know if mail is delivered over smarthost or not and how do I change it to direct MX lookup?
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setasoujiroCommented:
check your send connector, it is defined there.
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bootuppcAuthor Commented:
it is smarthost but I wouldn't have the confidence in changing it properly.  Any chance you can you talk me through what to do please?
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setasoujiroCommented:
yes no problem.

you disable smarthost, and set it to "direct delivery' also check "use external dns"(or something like it, i don't have 2003 here to check...)

Restart the exchange transport service.

What it does is deliver your mail directly instead of sending it to your ISP first.

but note the settings that were in the smarthost field.(the address) , so if it still doesn't work you can just change it back
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bootuppcAuthor Commented:
Brilliant thanks

Also If I expand "first adminstrative group\server\" and click on queues Exchange MTA is flagged as Not Available.  Is that to be expected and should that change when I make the change?
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setasoujiroCommented:
normally this shoudld be started , it's an exchange service you can find in the services applet (called mta stack) but it doesn't affect smtp traffic only x400 so does not apply to the issue normally.

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bootuppcAuthor Commented:
Hi, sorry I'm not sure where you disable smart host and set "direct delivery"  I can find the "use external dns" section but not the other.
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bootuppcAuthor Commented:
That's great and that has now fixed the problem.  Wooohooo, makes me look very good so thanks a lot setasoujiro
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bootuppcAuthor Commented:
brilliant can't fault it, top class help.
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setasoujiroCommented:
no problem, just so you know the reason is that your isp blocks the "oof replies" :)
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bootuppcAuthor Commented:
yeah I know, I phoned them and checked with them and they said they do and told me to do the same thing as you! :)
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setasoujiroCommented:
:)
just make sure to monitor the outgoing mail for a couple o days, just to be sure that all is ok :)
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