Auto respond setting on a DL


We have a Distribution group, where few mailboxes are connected. i need to set an auto reply on DL so if any mail sent on DL will get an auto respond email.
I can do it from creating a mailbox and run a rule but that works only when outlook is opened.
Can someone help me to the solution.
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Not possible from what I know about DL's.  I tried to setup a transport rule on my Exchange to BCC a person if something sends an email to a DL, but this rule is not available.  So I am thinking that a message to anyone that sends a message to the DL will not be an option either.

Regarding your Mailbox method you mentioned. You do not need Outlook open to run your Out of Office rule.  This will work if you wan to go down that route.
Sunil ChauhanLead AdministratorCommented:
why would DL  be returning an Out of office msg, out of office features are for the users/shared mbx and not for the DLs,

below is what I can suggest you as a workaround.

if there is a business requirement and your email address for the DL needs to return the out of the office message then set up a new shared mailbox and transfer the DL SMTP address to the shared mailbox, and setup the out of office on it, you can setup a forwarding rule on the mailbox that can forward the emails to the new DL address.
Todd NelsonSystems EngineerCommented:
Automatic replies with DGs/DLs will not work--not even with transport rules.  To accomplish something similar to what you are requesting, you will need to create a mailbox (I prefer a shared mailbox) and then set at least one delegate to connect to the mailbox to configure automatic replies.
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shariquehalimAuthor Commented:
Thanks all for your valuable answer. I did the same. created shared mailbox and did forwarding my workaround is working well.
Thanks once again
Todd NelsonSystems EngineerCommented:
What was your solution?  Others in EE would be interested to know.
shariquehalimAuthor Commented:
Created a mailbox and it was added in the DL. IN the outlook created a rule as when receiving should be auto reply with certain templates.
But outlook is kept open so the rule function well.

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Todd NelsonSystems EngineerCommented:
Definitely more effort than needed (via Outlook rule) but glad you found something that works for you.
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