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Enable/Disable Email Vacation Message

Instructions on how to enable and disable the email vacation message feature for @international.ucla.edu email accounts

Outlook Exchange Users

Option 1

  • To enable a vacation message,
    open Outlook.  Click on the Tools menu and select "Out of Office Assistant…"  Select "I am currently Out of the Office" and compose an away message in the space below.  Click the "Ok" button.
  • To disable a vacation message,
    open Outlook.  Click on the Tools menu and select "Out of Office Assistant…"  Select "I am currently In the Office."

Option 2

  • To enable a vacation message,
    go to www.exchange.ss.ucla.edu.  Login with your username (username@international.ucla.edu) and email password.  Once logged in, click on the "Options" button in the bottom, left-hand corner of the page.  Under the Out of Office Assistant title select "I'm currently out of the office" and compose an away message in the space below.  Click on the "Save and Close" button at the top of the page.
  • To disable a vacation message,
    go to www.exchange.ss.ucla.edu.  Login with your username (username@international.ucla.edu) and email password.  Once logged in, click on the "Options" button in the bottom, left-hand corner of the page.  Under the Out of Office Assistant title select "I'm currently in the office."  Click on the "Save and Close" button at the top of the page.

Outlook/Eudora POP Users

Option 1

  • Go to: https://webmail.sscnet.ucla.edu/src/login.php
    Login using your regular user ID and password. Then, chose "options." After the options screen loads, scroll down to and click on "vacation message." At the vacation message screen, check the box labelled "send auto-reply to sender" and fill in the subject line and message area with whatever it is you want to tell your correspondents. Then scroll down and click on "change settings." After a bit, you can sign out and send yourself a message to test the system. Incidentally -- you can use this same screen to automatically forward your messages to another address.

Option 2

  • Click on the link below and download the secure shell: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/download/SSHSecureShellClient-3.2.9.exe Go through the installation routine. (detailed instructions) When you are done and the program is running, hit "quick connect" and type in host: sscnet.ucla.edu
    user id: your email id Click connect.
    • Type "6" for vacation messaging.
    • You will be asked, "You have a message file in /u/international/karen/.vacation.msg. Would you like to see it?" Type "y" for yes.
    • Edit the message with your vacation information. Note that "$SUBJECT" is a placeholder for the subject heading of the email sent to you. For example, if you receive an e-mail with the subject "hello," then "hello" will be substituted for "$SUBJECT" in your vacation message.
    • Note: If you have previously created a vacation message, you will be asked if you wish to edit the message.
    • Hit CTRL-X to quit editing the vacation message. "Save modified buffer?", type y for yes.
    • At the next prompt, "File name to write...", press Enter.
    • You will then be asked if you want to see the message. Type y or n.
    • The next question will ask whether you would like to edit the message again. Type y or n.
    • Then you will be asked if you want enable the vacation message. Say yes by typing the letter y and then hitting Enter.
  • Congratulations - you have successfully setup a vacation message. To disable the vacation message: Return the vacation message menu (Option 6). At the prompt that follows, answer no to the 2 questions which appear on your screen by typing the letter n and hitting enter. And enter y for yes to disable your vacation message. Your vacation message will be disabled.