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Tech Tip: Disable automatic replies to the Internet in Exchange 2000

Follow these steps to disable automatic replies to the Internet.

By default, Exchange 2000 allows automatic replies to the Internet. As with many configuration choices, your decision to leave this setting enabled or disable the feature depends on your company's business needs and attitudes.

Many companies want automatic replies, such as those generated by the Out Of Office Assistant, to go to the Internet to ensure that customers and vendors know when an individual is not at work. Other companies consider this kind of information confidential, or they consider the generation of these messages helpful to ever-probing spammers who are looking for "live" addresses.

To disable automatic replies to the Internet, follow these steps:

  1. From the Exchange System Manager, open Global Settings, and select Internet Message Formats.
  2. In the right pane, right-click the domain name, and select Properties.
  3. On the Advanced tab, deselect the Allow Automatic Replies check box, and click OK.

This process disables automatic replies to the Internet for the selected domain.

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