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Topic # 230413 22-Feb-2018 21:35
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Hi

 

Can anyone advise how I can get Microsoft exchange so I can set automatic out of office email replies on my laptop.

 

Does exchange cost money?

 

I do have a domain name with an imap email address, with Surefire. Not sure if I can set that that up via them.

 

I can set up a Rule in Outlook email 2013 but I think outlook has to be open for it to work.

 

Or is there other software that will do the same thing

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1962524 22-Feb-2018 21:45
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To put it in simple terms, Exchange is an enterprise only product you run on a server. Yes it costs money, lots.


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  Reply # 1962529 22-Feb-2018 21:51
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I use Microsoft Exchange online plan...I run my families email using that, I think it is $5 per month per address

edit $5.50




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  Reply # 1962531 22-Feb-2018 21:53
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Office 365. Home plans include Office applications. Business plans have the option to have the service only.





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  Reply # 1962532 22-Feb-2018 21:55
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You do have the option of using Office365 (https://products.office.com/en-nz/compare-all-microsoft-office-products?tab=2) You need to look at the "for business" options, as non of the for home options include exchange.

 

Basically, if you are OK signing up for a year, you can get a mailbox per month for $6.90

 

This will allow you to do out of office messages.

 

I am a fan of exchange (My day job involves me doing work communicating with exchange) and Office 365 in particular as it's worked for me so much better than Gmail/ Google Apps has in the past.

 

There are other providers of Exchange connectivity out there (Godaddy is another provider who I've used in the past) but I've found that the offering from Microsoft has been the easiest to use currently.

 

Unfortunately, as you already have a domain with email addresses elsewhere, that can make a migration painful.

 

Hope that gives you some more insight.

 

[UPDATE] - As others have mentioned, for just "exchange", have a look at https://products.office.com/en-nz/exchange/compare-microsoft-exchange-online-plans - these are 5.50/user/month.


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  Reply # 1962533 22-Feb-2018 21:58
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wazzageek:

You do have the option of using Office365 (https://products.office.com/en-nz/compare-all-microsoft-office-products?tab=2) You need to look at the "for business" options, as non of the for home options include exchange.


Basically, if you are OK signing up for a year, you can get a mailbox per month for $6.90


This will allow you to do out of office messages.


I am a fan of exchange (My day job involves me doing work communicating with exchange) and Office 365 in particular as it's worked for me so much better than Gmail/ Google Apps has in the past.


There are other providers of Exchange connectivity out there (Godaddy is another provider who I've used in the past) but I've found that the offering from Microsoft has been the easiest to use currently.


Unfortunately, as you already have a domain with email addresses elsewhere, that can make a migration painful.


Hope that gives you some more insight.



Yep got to love it. The only thing is I have had the odd call from Microsoft ....and it is actually them!




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  Reply # 1962550 22-Feb-2018 22:20
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Given the type of issues you have been experiencing and the questions you have been asking, I would recommend you bite the bullet and engage an IT partner to review your setup and make some recommendations. I think you would potentially get a lot of benefit from that. 

 

Whilst all that information you *could* get from the internet piecemeal, I think overall you'd consider it money well spent. 

 

Personally, if the money and infrastructure requirements of an inhouse Exchange Server would put you off, or be out of each, a hosted exchange setup might be worth considering. We think Onenet, whilst more expensive than O365, is good value with local and available support. It's very reliable. 

 

I believe the switch to Activesync protocol for your email instead of imap would be a revelation for you. It has been for all of our customers who had it before we switched them.

 

 




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  Reply # 1962554 22-Feb-2018 22:23
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Hi,

 

Thanks for those ideas

 

 


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  Reply # 1962703 23-Feb-2018 10:07
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hosted exchange / 365

 

you'll also need to migrate old email & contacts etc
change domain records , mx pointers
setup autodiscover records , else out Of Office wont work.
If have have a crazy amount of email (eg 10Gb +), you'll be best to archive most of it out before moving to exchange

 

Onenet are very good, and its great to be able to call them & talk to a kiwi on the support desk .
Downside with Onenet is after hours support: you'd need to discuss that option with them

 

 

 

 


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