Using Exchange Server 2007 UM for Express Messaging

If you are familiar with Nortel Telephony systems you may have used something called Express Messaging.

This feature allows you to dial a pre-defined number (from any phone) and type in a persons extension number to acces and leave them a voicemail message.

This feature was widely used at the organisation I work for.

We now have a new telephony system installed based on a Nortel CS1k connecting to Exchange 2007 for Voicemail using Unified Messaging.

There did not seem to be any way to replicate the Express Messaging feature on the CS1K so I looked into doing something using Exchange.

The obvious candidate was using an Auto Attendant

Found a really helpful Blog from Geoff Clark here

And it turned out that with 2 simple Exchange Powershell commands;

New-UMAutoAttendant -Name <> -SpeechEnabled $False -Status Enabled -UMDialPlan <> -PilotIdentifierList <>

Set-UMAutoAttendant -Identity <> -AllowExtensions $False -CallSomeoneEnabled $False -SendVoiceMsgEnabled $True -NameLookupEnabled $False

The required feature could be replicated.

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