Out of Office Assistant
Use the Out of Office Assistant whenever you are unable to respond to e-mail for an extended time.
When the Out of Office Assistant is turned on, it generates replies to senders based on the Out of Office messages that you create. After it is turned on, the Out of Office Assistant sends an automatic reply to a sender one time during your time away. The Out of Office Assistant does not respond to subsequent messages from the same sender until you turn off the Out of Office Assistant and then turn it on again.
In Outlook Web Access with Exchange Server 2007, you can configure a start and end date in the Out of Office Assistant in advance. If you know in advance that you will be out of the office, you can create your Out of Office message in advance and it will automatically start at the start time that you specify and turn off at the end time.
If you turn on your Out of Office message and do not set start and end times, you will be reminded that it is on every time that you log on to Outlook or Outlook Web Access. The reminder gives you the option to keep the Out of Office message on or turn it off.
Another feature introduced in the 2007 version of Outlook Web Access is the ability to set separate Out of Office messages for internal and external senders. Internal are senders from inside your organization, and external senders send from outside your organization. You can tailor specific messages for internal and external senders or send Out of Office messages only to internal senders.
Out of Office Assistant in OWA (for internal senders)
Out of Office Assistant in OWA (for external senders)
Select the Do not send Out of Office auto-replies option to disable the Out of Office Assistant. By default, Out of Office auto-replies are disabled.
Note: If you do not enter text in the text fields and the Out of Office Assistant is enabled, senders will not receive an auto-reply message.