Microsoft Mail server is configureable so as not to send the out of
emails out to the internet for the entire server..
This is an ADMIN config..
ALSO if a user goes to the out of office attendent in Outlook, they has
of creating rules..
RULE #1: If from email@example.com
Move the email to "NANOG EMAILS WHILE I WAS OUT SO I DON'T GET FLAMED
Stop Processing more rules
Rule # 2: Reply to Jerry WITH "I am taking 6 Month leave of ABSENSE to
to wear asbestos underwear"
Stop Preccessing more rules....
Rule # 3: everyone else
THERE that should settle it..
THIS WORKS I USE IT!
Enough already folks!
If anyone using exchange out there wants some nice screen shots,
drop me a line, off list please, I will create it and send it
to all at once via a BCC so no one needs to know who you are.
->From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
->Sent: Friday, January 02, 2004 1:32 PM
->To: Rachel K. Warren
->Subject: Re: Out of office/vacation messages
... RULE #2: if from firstname.lastname@example.org
... RULE #3: if from email@example.com
... RULE #65: If from firstname.lastname@example.org...
Must really suck to put ALL those rules on and take them off every time you go
on vacation. (Yes, I'm on at least 65 mailing lists - and that's just the ones
high-volume enough to warrant filtering to their own folder). And even if you're
on only 4 or 5 lists, that's enough work to mean it's likely you'll forget one.
So you have a choice of nuking *all* OoO messages for *everybody* on the server
(even when the OoO message is a *good* idea), or hand-installing all those
rules every time you go on vacation (and if you have screen-shots, you
hand-installed, since it's hard to take a screenshot of a script ;).
On the other hand, BSD 'vacation' came out in 1983, and understood the basic
concept waaay back when. All you're managing to do is say "I figured out how
to do something once for every single list I'm on, every time I go on vacation,
that other systems have been managing to do for their users automatically,
without issues if you forget to do it for one of your lists, for 2 decades".
Hardly a selling point for your choice of software. Unless it's a disguised
"My management makes me use software so broken I have to...." story?