Something that I get asked quite often from our techs is “can I set Userxx’s Out of Office message?”. Luckily with Exchange 2010, any tech or admin with the correct permissions can easily do that. There are 2 ways ; via the Exchange Control Panel( ECP) or through Powershell. I personally think it’s easier to do it through the shell but the ECP has it advantages too. For instance the ECP can be accessed on any web browser and if you’re configured correctly you can even access it outside of your internal company network.
If you’re like me and you like quick & easy then using Powershell maybe the method for you. To set the OOF using Powershell run the following commands.
Set-MailboxAutoReplyConfiguration firstname.lastname@example.org –AutoReplyState Scheduled –StartTime “1/8/2013” –EndTime “1/15/2013” –ExternalMessage “Type External OOF message here” –InternalMessage “Type Internal OOF message here”
You can save this command in a text file and next time you need to set the OOF simply modify the email address and message then copy & paste directly in powershell.
Now wasn’t that simple?