Scheduling Out of Office Replies RRS feed

  • Question

  • Using Exchange server 2007, I'm struggling to find a way to setup an out of office reply for an employee that works part-time.  It would just need to be active on Tues. and Wed.  We have tried to get the employee to do it manually but they aren't willing. Can this be done?  I'm open to any ideas?

    Thank you

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 9:47 AM


All replies

  • schedule a script tht enables/disables OOF on those users.



    lasse at humandata dot se, http://anewmessagehasarrived.blogspot.com
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:04 PM
  • Hi Lasse,

    I'm not the administrator for the exchange server, and have never written a script before.  The exchange server is hosted through a 3rd party, don't know how configurable it is.  Can I not make OOF enable/disable based on the day of the week?  Seems like an easy enough reqeust.  Got to be tons of part time employees that are always gone certain days and don't go through the hassle of setting the OOF.



    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:16 PM
  • If Exchange is hosted, you probably dont have access to do things with powershell. But you can probably use Exchange Web Service (EWS)instead to do the same thing.

    You can set OOF to active and deactive based on time, but its not repeatable.

    To users need to set OOF when they leave work for the day?



    lasse at humandata dot se, http://anewmessagehasarrived.blogspot.com
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 7:45 PM
  • The employee isnt willing to set their own OOF? Sounds like a management issue.


    Thursday, August 11, 2011 7:50 PM
  • She is a part time employee that doesn't work Tuesday and Wednsday.  She sometimes forgets to set it, and it can cause problems becuase clients think she isn't responding.  We have asked her to make an effort, but it would seem like a smarter soltuion to just take human error out of the equation. 

    I can't find anywhere online that lets you schedule OOF unless it is for specific date and time.  Like a rule, I would only want it to be active for certain days of the week.  I'm really surprised this isn't an option.  Seems like this would occur a lot...any ideas?


    Friday, August 12, 2011 5:58 AM
  • Hello,


    I think we need to first make two scripts which can turn on and off the OOF.


    Then, you can schedule to run the scripts weekly by Windows Task.


    You can create a new thread to our Development team to see if they know the script to automatically turn on and off OOF






    Friday, August 12, 2011 7:32 AM
  • Here is a way http://www.mikepfeiffer.net/2010/07/manage-exchange-2007-out-of-office-oof-settings-with-powershell-and-the-ews-managed-api/

    simply schedule scripts to turn off and on OOF settings for users.


    lasse at humandata dot se, http://anewmessagehasarrived.blogspot.com
    Friday, August 12, 2011 9:43 AM