Applies to: Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Online
Topic Last Modified: 2012-11-05
You can enable non-business hours key mappings for a Unified Messaging (UM) auto attendant. After you create a UM auto attendant, a default system prompt will be used for the non-business hours main menu prompt greeting that callers hear after the non-business hours welcome greeting is played. The default non-business hours main menu prompt says, "Welcome to the Microsoft Exchange after hours auto attendant." Because no key mappings are defined by default, no menu options are available to callers and they hear only the default non-business hours main menu prompt.
When you configure key mappings, you define the options and the operations that will be performed if a caller speaks a phrase while they're using a speech-enabled auto attendant or presses a key on the telephone keypad while they're using an auto attendant that isn't speech-enabled.
For additional management tasks related to UM auto attendants, see UM Auto Attendant Procedures.
What do you need to know before you begin?
- Estimated time to complete: Less than 1 minute.
- You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this
procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the
"UM auto attendants" entry in the Unified Messaging
- Before you perform these procedures, confirm that a UM dial
plan has been created. For detailed steps, see Create a UM Dial
- Before you perform these procedures, confirm that a UM auto
attendant has been created. For detailed steps, see Create a UM Auto
- For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the
procedures in this topic, see Keyboard Shortcuts in
the Exchange Admin Center.
What do you want to do?
Use the EAC to enable non-business hours key mappings on a UM auto attendant
- In the EAC, navigate to Unified Messaging > UM
dial plans. In the list view, select the UM dial plan you want
to change, and then click Edit .
- On the UM Dial Plan page, under UM Auto
Attendants, select the UM auto attendant for which you want to
create a non-business hours navigation menu. On the toolbar, click
- On the UM Auto Attendant page, click Menu
navigation, under Non-business hours menu navigation,
select Enable non-business hours menu navigation, and then
click Add .
- On the New menu navigation entry page, use the following
options to create a new menu navigation entry:
- Prompt Use this box to type the name of
the new navigation menu. The navigation menu name is used for
display purposes only. This is a required field.
Because you may want to specify multiple new navigation menus, we recommend that you use meaningful names for your key mappings. The maximum length of the name for the key mapping is 64 characters, and it can include spaces. However, it can't include any of the following characters: " / \ [ ] : ; | = , + * ? < >.
- When this key is pressed Use this list
to enable key mapping. The key mapping is the number key that a
caller presses to have the auto attendant perform a specific
operation, for example, forwarding the caller to another auto
attendant or to an operator. By default, no entries are
Use the drop down list to select the numeric key (from 1 through 9) that the caller must press. Zero (0) is reserved for the auto attendant operator.
If you select Time Out from the drop down list, it enables callers to be transferred to an extension number or to another auto attendant if they don't press a key on the telephone keypad. For example, "Please stay on the line and your call will be answered by the next available representative." The default setting is 5 seconds. If you enable this option, a blank key mapping will be created.
- Play the following audio file Use this
option to select a previously recorded audio file for callers.
Click Change, and then click Browse to locate the
audio file. If you leave the audio file as the default
<None>, the Unified Messaging TTS (Text to Speech) engine
will synthesize a non-business hours main menu prompt.
Alternatively, you can create a customized audio file that can be
used for the non-business hours main menu prompt for a
speech-enabled auto attendant that would say, for example, "You
have reached Contoso during non-business hours. To leave a voice
message for sales, say 1. To leave a voice message for technical
support, say 2. To leave a voice message for administration, say 3.
To reach an after hours operator, press zero."
- Perform this additional action Select
one of the following options to define the action that you want the
auto attendant to perform for the caller:
- None If you don’t want the auto
attendant to transfer the call to an extension or to another auto
attendant, or leave a message for a user, use this option.
- Transfer to this extension Select this
option to enable calls to be transferred to an extension number. If
you enable this option, use the box to type the extension number
where the call will be transferred. This field allows only numeric
characters. It can't include any of the following characters: " / \
[ ] : ; | = , + * ? < >.
- Transfer to this UM auto
attendant Select this option to transfer the
call to an existing auto attendant. Click Browse to locate
the auto attendant that you want to use. Before you enable this
option, you must first create and configure the auto attendant.
This option is used when you create a parent/child structure of UM
- Leave a voice message for this
user Select this option to enable a caller to
leave a voice mail message for a user that's on the same dial plan
as the UM auto attendant that you're configuring. When a caller
chooses this option from an auto attendant menu, they'll be
prompted to leave a voice message for the user that was selected.
Click Browse to locate the UM-enabled user.
- Announce business location Select this
option to enable a caller to choose an auto attendant menu option
and hear the location of the business that's configured on the UM
auto attendant. To enable this to work correctly, you must first
enter the business location in the Business location box on
the General page on the UM auto attendant.
- Announce business hours Select this
option to enable a caller to choose an auto attendant menu option
and hear the hours of operation for the business that's configured
on the UM auto attendant. To enable this to work correctly, you
must first configure the business hours on the Business
hours page on the UM auto attendant.
- None If you don’t want the auto attendant to transfer the call to an extension or to another auto attendant, or leave a message for a user, use this option.
- Prompt Use this box to type the name of the new navigation menu. The navigation menu name is used for display purposes only. This is a required field.
- Click OK to create the new menu navigation.
- On the UM Auto Attendant page, click Save to save
Use the Shell to enable non-business hours key mappings on a UM auto attendant
This example configures a UM auto attendant named
MyAutoAttendant and enables non-business hours key
mappings so that when callers say "After Hours" they will be
forwarded to extension number 12345, and if they say "Directions"
they will be forwarded to extension number 23456.
Set-UMAutoAttendant -Identity MyUMAutoAttendant -AfterHoursKeyMappingEnabled $true -AfterHoursKeyMapping "AfterhoursOperator,12345","Directions,23456"