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Testing Rule Selection
The list of rules will frequently contain multiple entries, and the application criteria for each one can be complex. Testing rules option enables checking the functioning of all rules. Using it, you can test which rules will apply to a particular sender and recipient and whether the message will contain a footer or not and how the whole will finally look. To open the Test Rules screen (fig.1), click Test or use CTRL+T shortcut in the main screen of CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2003 screen.

Test Rules dialog box.
Fig.1. Test Rules dialog box.

To test rule selection, specify the sender’s address as well as the address(es) of the recipient(s) to the message, and click Test button.

The first text field shows the rule selection process and it includes information on which rules apply and which do not, as well as which addresses meet the criteria specified in the rules.

The second field shows a message preview with a sample body. If one or several rules apply, the disclaimers will appear in the preview pane in exactly the same way they would look in messages sent via Exchange Server for the defined senders and recipients.

Each footer has a HTML and plain text template. In the preview pane you can see what the footer will look like for each of these formats using HTML Disclaimer and TXT Disclaimer.

The sample message is a correspondence between two people. On the basis of this sample correspondence, you can test the insertion of disclaimers in replies as well as proceeding to next rules. If more than one rule applies, the preview pane will display the disclaimers added by all applicable rules in the way they have been set.

By default, the sender’s address includes the address of the currently logged in user. The addresses can be entered manually or users retrieved from Active Directory using Browse button. The entered addresses are remembered between sessions, so that the user will enter them manually once only.

Test Rules cannot be used to test settings related to phrases suppressing disclaimers.