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Stanford Report, June 14, 2000

New vacation e-mail program in place

Earlier this month, the former "out of the office" message available via the Leland Systems command line was retired. The university's 30,000 computer users now can rely on a Stanford.You web-based feature for e-mail vacation responses.

Chris Lundin, the director of Help Desk Operations for Information Technology Systems and Services, said the Stanford.You auto-reply is easy to navigate and more "user friendly" than the previous program.

This feature is not available to departments that have their own mail servers, such as Bonair, sulmail or Sherlock, unless they set up an @stanford alias and then have their e-mail transferred to their specific servers.

"There are a lot of mail servers on campus," Lundin says, adding that while everyone is eligible for a Leland account, "not everyone opens it up and uses it."

By default, the vacation message will respond only to e-mail addressed directly to @stanford and @leland addresses. This prevents the vacation message from being sent to distribution lists.

To set up the vacation program visit www.stanford.edu/services/stanford.you .

Click on "your SUNet services settings." Scroll to the "vacation message" section. Click on "change." After following the directions and saving changes, click on the "logout" button. SR