Out Of Office in Exchange 2000/Outlook 2003

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A couple of my staff keep going away and forgetting to set their OOO. They ask me to do it for them, and the only way I can find is to reset their password, logon as them and run OOO Assistant within their Outlook profile. Is there any way I can set this from the server - SBS2000 with Exchange in native mode? An upgrade to SBS2003 is planned but won't take place for several months yet. Many thanks in advance

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Try giving yourself Full Mailbox Access to their mailboxes and create a profile of your own to point to their mailbox. In that way you don’t have to reset their password and you’ll have the profile ready on your own machine for the “next time”.

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  • Exchange22
    Hello Give permission full mailbox access to your user and try http://ip/exchange/mailbox_name and you can enable OOO by OWA.
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  • Ronidolly
    You can log on to any machine with an outlook interface as domain administrator (if you have the rights) and configure a new Outlook profile in the name of the user who is away. You can then set the out of office reply. As mentionned in another answer, they can also do it them selves through OWA. It's in the Options tab. Good luck
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  • Steveyk
    Daft question: Do you have Outlook Web Access enabled? You could ask these user to login using OWA via internet cafe's/home and set their Out-Of-Offices there, otherwise as previously stated give yourself full mailbox rights. Then create a new outlook profile for this individual o your PC and login as them..
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  • Margaret
    Thank you all very much. I do have OWA enabled, but this isn't always a viable option so I'll try the mailbox rights. Just as an aside, does anyone know if this is any less cumbersome in Exchange 2003?
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  • Rayne427
    We are running Exchange 2003 and have to follow the same procedures listed by everyone else to accomplish this. In addition to the other comments, the way I accomplished this task in EX2000 was to log on to the Exchange server itself with Domain Administrator account, open all of the mailboxes from there, reset the OOO, and log out. That way I could get all of the changes completed from a single place. Hope this helps.
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