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Set out of office / autoreply for distribution list for Exchange online

One thing that is a bummer is Exchange online does not support setting an autoreply / out of office message for a distribution list. Usually if you want such functionality, you'd convert the distribution list to a shared mailbox and configure the autoreply or use a 3rd party utility, or potentially come up with some complex transform rule.


One workaround you can apply is to enable out of office / autoreply messages from recipients in the distribution list. By default, Exchange Online will suppress autoreply messages when going to a distribution list, but you can quickly configure the behavior to allow the messages per distribution list.


  1. Install Exchange Online PowerShell module
    • Open PowerShell as an administrator and execute the following command:
      Install-Module exchangeonlinemanagement
  2. Import the module for use
    • Import-Module ExchangeOnlineManagement
  3. Login to Exchange online
  4. Configure the distribution list to allow the out of office / autoreply messages to be returned to the sender / originator.
    Set-DistributionGroup -identity [email protected] -SendOofMessageToOriginatorEnabled $true


Now when someone emails the distribution list, they will receive an out of office / autoreply if configured by an individual member. Note, if multiple members have the autoreply configured, the sender/originator will receive multiple replies.