Office 365 - Auto reply to emails sent to alias only

We have moved our domain over to Office 365.

Previously our emails were hosted one 1and1. We also had a number of email aliases set up which had auto responder messages set up on them so that when someone sent a message to a particular alias they got a message back saying we are dealing with your request.

In O365 I have set up the email aliases again. They are obviously linked to specific user accounts in O365.

I am trying to find a way where exchange or Outlook will automatically respond to messages sent to the alias address only.

I have tried setting up a rule in Outlook so that when messages are sent to the alias the server responds with a message. But It seems to auto respond to all messages coming into the users inbox, not just the ones addressed to the alias.

Any suggestions?
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Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
OOO replies will not do the trick, neither will server-side rules. You can do it via Outlook, but that will require to keep Outlook running.

If it's really that important to have replies on that alias, create a new shared mailbox for it and configure OOO there.
roy_battyDirectorAuthor Commented:
OK I have set up a shared mailbox and then accessed it from OWA and set up OOO.

The problem is this "Send a reply once to each sender outside my organization with the following message:"

I presume this means that each recipient will receive one message only. I know this is to prevent a mail loop bit I want the sender to receive a message everytime.

Can I use a rule to achieve this?
roy_battyDirectorAuthor Commented:
In the end I created a shared mailbox and gave permissions so all the staff could access it. I then created an new profile in Outlook and connected it to the shared mailbox using one one the staff members credentials.

I was then able to configure a server-side rule.

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roy_battyDirectorAuthor Commented:
Best solution was my own but only got there using advice from Vasil
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