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cdf_pjr
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Determine users out of office status based on mailtips - Automatic Replies on or not

Hi,

 

I am trying to build a flow that takes differing actions based on a users Outlook out of office reply status and no matter what I try, I cannot get power automate to differentiate between a user having their Automatic Replies turned on or not.

 

I have found lots of out of date articles that don't quite reflect the capabilities available in power automate today such as this one

 

https://flow.microsoft.com/de-de/blog/canada-mailboxes-aad/

 

however I found another post that contained an update - comment from @gmellis1 

 

So, after hours combing the internet after having tried various options and testing them to no avail, it turns out that the solution is an obscure one unearthed I found not related to this scenario, but the impact of the Advanced option in Condition having been stripped off in favor of the multi-conditional prompt rows. True use the AutomaticReplies not empty expression, you need to use an expression for the value use "is equal to" and make "true" an expression as well, as follows. Then is works as expected. 

 

Field (as expression): not(empty(body('Get_mail_tips_for_a_mailbox')?['AutomaticReplies']?['Message']))

Qualifier: is equal to

Value (as expression): true

 

https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Building-Flows/not-empty-body-Get-mail-tips-for-a-mailbox-Automa...

 

To test this out before building out my more complex flow, I have built a very simple flow that I can trigger by posting a message in a teams chat, and the next step is to check a test users out of office status.

 

The flow is shown below

 

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The text used for the functions is copied below

 

not(empty(body('Get_mail_tips_for_a_mailbox')?['AutomaticReplies']?['Message']))
 
 <is equal to>
 
true
 
Below is the result with the users out of office off
 
2.PNG
 
Below is the result with the users Automatic Reply on
 
3.PNG
 
As you can see, regardless of Automatic replies being on or not, the result returned is always the same?
 
I have also reviewed and edited some of the community shared flows to do the same thing as my flow - for example "Send your manager an IM in Skype for Business when out of the office" as this allows you to use edit a condition action in advanced mode which is now deprecated. I wondered if this was a possible cause? This too generates the same behaviour? 
 
Please can anyone assist?
 
Thanks
 
Paul 
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v-bacao-msft
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Hi @cdf_pjr ,

 

The output of Get mail tips for a mailbox (V2) action is an array, so you need to use the index to get the attribute value in the item.

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empty(body('Get_mail_tips_for_a_mailbox_(V2)')?['value'][0]['automaticReplies']?['message'])

 

Hope that makes sense.

 

Best Regards,

Community Support Team _ Barry
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

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v-bacao-msft
Community Support
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Hi @cdf_pjr ,

 

The output of Get mail tips for a mailbox (V2) action is an array, so you need to use the index to get the attribute value in the item.

82.PNG

empty(body('Get_mail_tips_for_a_mailbox_(V2)')?['value'][0]['automaticReplies']?['message'])

 

Hope that makes sense.

 

Best Regards,

Community Support Team _ Barry
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

Thanks @v-bacao-msft !!!

 

That worked perfectly!!!!

 

Cheers

 

Paul

Thank you very much this is exactly what I needed for my flow

I love this question but I cannot get a resolution on this matter.

 

agrochowski_0-1656201145750.png

 

I am getting this error when I use the code / formula that is cited.

Hey,

I came across a similar error myself and it looks like Microsoft have changed the output. I recommend trying the below expression instead as it worked for me. Everything else should be the same as above.

empty(body('Get_mail_tips_for_a_mailbox_(V2)')?['value'][0]['automaticReplies'])

As per the screenshots below Microsoft have removed "message" when there is no Automatic Reply set.

cstewart1_2-1660841194735.png

cstewart1_3-1660841200047.png

 

Hope this helps! 😀

 

@cstewart1 Why can't I just use "automaticReplies" dynamic content with 'is equal to' 'true' for the condition instead of the expression?

xtra1211
Regular Visitor

@jsp  the value returned by "automaticReplies" in dynamic content returns the body of the content and so it is not a boolean (true/false). so you need to test it before with a fonction that returns a boolean or a text to be compared.

 

On my side i found that depending on the mail box targeted the returned value can either be one of the above mention cases too :

 

"automaticReplies": {}
 
or
 
"automaticReplies": {
"message": ""
}
 
a mix of the above solutions is working on the second kind of returned value when looking at the "message" node but not in the first one as the node is not present un the value returned:
 
empty(body('Get_mail_tips_for_a_mailbox_(V2)')?['value'][0]['automaticReplies/Message'])
 
To get it working in both cases I ended up doing a double test that returns a text value (not a boolean) true, false1, or false2. Then the condition goes on with comparing wether the result is false1 or false2.
you probably can convert that to boolean values if needed ... I kept false1 and false2 to help debugging as i put that in a for each fonction for my specific case.
 
xtra1211_0-1665154778644.png

 

 
if(not(empty(body('Get_mail_tips_for_a_mailbox_(V2)')?['value'][0]['automaticReplies'])),if(not(empty(body('Get_mail_tips_for_a_mailbox_(V2)')?['value'][0]['automaticReplies/Message'])),'true','false1'),'false2')
 
There are probably more clever ways to do that, but that did work for me ...
 

@JSTARR Sorry I hadn't got back to you yet, what @xtra1211 said is a good answer to your question so I recommend having a look at his message.

@xtra1211 After posting my original message on this topic I also found the same thing, that you can sometimes get two different values from the mail tip when the Automatic Replies are turned off. In my case it was even on the same mailbox. I'm not 100% sure on what causes the difference.

 

At the time I found it I was in a rush so I just created a new condition nested below, however this meant I had to replicate the action based on the condition. Fortunately it was not very complex but even still it certainly was a short term fix and something I wouldn't recommend for long term deployment as any changes have to be made in two places.

 

However, when I looked through your message I decided to have another look and this is what I ended up with.

cstewart1_0-1665409505320.png

I added another row to my Condition and selected the 'Or' argument so that when either of these two expressions returns true it proceeds with the action on the 'If yes' side.

empty(body('Get_mail_tips_for_a_mailbox_(V2)')?['value'][0]['automaticReplies'])
empty(body('Get_mail_tips_for_a_mailbox_(V2)')?['value'][0]['automaticReplies']?['message'])

 

Thanks @xtra1211 for your post as it gave me the idea of how to simplify my own flow and so far it has worked fine in my testing. I just thought I would also share with you and the community in case it helps anyone.

hi
this guide has been really helpful
Ive used it to check my own automatic reply status when a form i host is submitted and if my automatic reply is turned on it sends an email to the respondent saying thanks for your submission i am out of office and will look at it upon my return.
I am struggling with the next bit of it though
I would like the content of the email the flow sends to be "Thankyou for your submission" "content of the Automatic reply message" as this means the recipient will know when I will return as it will say so in the automatic reply message I set up when Im away.  

any ideas on how pull the content of my automatic reply message in to the email the flow will send

 

Thanks in advanced


 

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