Exchange and Outlook 2010 Default Out of Office Message

I have Exchange 2010 server and all users have Outlook 2010. Currently everyone defines there own Out of Office message. I would like to default what the Out of Office message says to all users company wide per HR,  I know currently they can set a date/time for there message to be setup inside the organization or outside the organization, however what are the capabilities of Exchange 2010>? I read a lot but nothing that says Exchange can auto default a specific message. Can anyone shine some light on this if Exchange is capable or do I need a third party package?

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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Not possible. Out of Office is a per mailbox thing.
The most you can do is send out an email to all users with the template text telling them to use it. It isn't possible to predefine the text or lock it down in any way.

I am not even aware of any third party tools that can do it.

Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
In all honesty I have not found a way either to auto-configure this message for all users as a standard because outlook treats the user as its their own personal email.  I did find a way to do it for them from a managers perspective without giving the manager rights to the mailbox.

This method can be found here:

We have some users that forget to enable it so the managers use this method for settings.  Just bare in mind the opening statement is an "issue of the past" and with exchagne 2010 no longer requires full access permission or involve changing the users password.

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donebertAuthor Commented:
Is it possible to use a Ad group policy of some sort? But I never thought of sending the message for the user to add to their out of office message. So far I think that is the best route.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
I couldn't find anyway of doing it even with Office Group Policy Object
donebertAuthor Commented:
Microsoft should make the change to allow a global message. We have a daughter company who uses lotus notes and they can have a template to accomplish this. thanks to both of you have a Good Weekend!
donebertAuthor Commented:
Thanks to both again
Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
You too as well, it would be nice to have such a feature but at least you have a way of doing it when the user is already gone.  It doesn't mean there isn't one, just one I have never come across yet for getting it done (even with Office Group Policy Object).

Sembee2 weighed in on the matter and in my opinion, if he is not aware of a method for accomplishing it, chances are there isn't one at this time :)
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