When OOF Doesn't Work

I have removed this blog post in favour of a more detailed article, with screenshots, over at the MSExchange.org site here.

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Comments

Out of Office Assistant for auto reply messages?

Posted by: Mary Hunt at Jan 14, 2004 12:56:43 PM

Hi,
I caanot see the Out-of-office assistant in my outlook 2000. Is it specific to some versions?
Can i download it from somewhere?

Posted by: Sudhin at Apr 19, 2004 2:28:07 AM

Do I run Mdbvue32 on the server or on the client workstation? Will this work if they have Outlook 2003?
THANKS!

Posted by: Rebecca N. at Apr 28, 2004 10:48:49 AM

I am running Exchange 5.5 SP4 but have users that have this same problem. Is there a simular solution for 5.5?

Posted by: tom at Aug 4, 2004 6:43:37 PM

many thanks, work perfect

o2k
e2k

Posted by: dbase at Aug 16, 2004 6:31:24 AM

Ditto. Worked perfectly for me too, once I figured out which items were the OOF messages. Mine started with cb: 40|* pb: EF 00 00 00 19 82...

Posted by: Michele at Sep 3, 2004 10:02:19 AM

I had to delete the actual OOF config entry and this fixed it.

Posted by: Hans Stuk at Sep 9, 2004 2:15:28 PM

It works in Exchange 5.5 as well, the utility is in the server CD and it works great.

Tahnks!

Posted by: G. Seuqoia at Oct 1, 2004 7:10:01 PM

I am running Outlook 2000 on Windows Xp computers. We have Exchange Server 5.5 running on Windows Server 2003. We are experiencing a number of problems in Outlook. When I exit Outlook it hangs on the message "Please wait..." and I have to exit Outlook in the Task Manager. Frequently Outlook freezes when sending a message. A restart will help sometimes for a few hours, sometimes a few days, but the problem comes back. Sometimes if I minimize the Outlook window it won't open back.

Thanks

Posted by: Jane at Nov 1, 2004 4:16:19 PM

I deleted every rule, because I had no clue which rule represented the Ouf Of Office rule. Outlook still works :-)
Messaging system: Exchange 2000 SP3, with Outlook XP SP3

Posted by: Erik at Nov 16, 2004 1:23:25 AM

I finally found out, how to determine which rule is the OOF rule. Just double click every rule and scroll down to: PR_MESSAGE_CLASS look for IPM.Note.Rules.OofTemplate.Microsoft

Posted by: Erik at Nov 16, 2004 1:37:50 AM

This is an excellent article and it worked like a charm.

Posted by: Steve at Nov 25, 2004 8:45:33 AM

Thanks, pretty straight forward.

Posted by: Paranoid at Dec 30, 2004 8:51:41 AM