End user ability to set out of office

Good day,

Is there a way I can disable the "set out of office" option in outlook for end users?

Leroy LuffHead of IT & DIgitalAsked:
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Follow the ms article https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/290846
In step 3, instead of Send Automatic Replies select do not Send Automatic Replies .

you can check this as well from https://www.uvic.ca 
amilie wilsonCommented:
Follow the simple procedure-: Open your Outlook account >> Go to Tools>> then choose Out of Office Assistant>>Type a message>> click on the option “Do not send out of office auto replies
for more info visit http://www.wikihow.com/Turn-On-or-Off-the-Out-of-Office-Assistant-in-Microsoft-Outlook
Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
I am pretty sure that is an option in Group Policy. You will need to download the group policy templates for each version of Office that you are using on your network and set the option for each one.


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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
You need to also consider that if you have multiple versions of Office this will get very messy as you will need to configure multiple group policys for each version. Also you need to take into consideration that if the User Logs into OWA they will be able to set their Out Of Office here as well as the GPO will only affect the Outlook client.

If you want to completely lock them down you will need to disable OWA as well, as i do not beleive there is a way to disable Out Of Office within OWA.

Leroy LuffHead of IT & DIgitalAuthor Commented:
I am accepting the option through group policy - much easier.

@ Will - I am going to attempt this but instead of disabling the password option I will try disable the out of office option in OWA - http://blogs.technet.com/b/ilvancri/archive/2012/06/22/take-away-the-possibility-for-users-in-exchange-online-to-change-their-own-password.aspx

Thank you all
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