Topic Last Modified: 2007-11-01

The ResponseMessage element provides descriptive information about the response status for a single entity within a request.


<ResponseMessage ResponseClass="">



Attributes and Elements

The following sections describe attributes, child elements, and parent elements.


Attribute Description


Represents the status of the response. The following values are valid for this attribute:

  • Success
  • Warning
  • Error

ResponseClass Attribute Values

Value Description


Describes a request that is fulfilled.


Describes a request that was not processed. A warning may be returned if an error occurred while an item in the request was processing and subsequent items could not be processed. The following are some possible causes for warnings:

  • The Exchange store is offline during the batch.
  • The Active Directory directory service is offline.
  • Mailboxes are moved.
  • The message database (MDB) is offline.
  • A password is expired.
  • A quota is exceeded.


Describes a request that cannot be fulfilled. The following are some possible causes for errors:

  • Invalid attributes or elements
  • Attributes or elements out of range
  • Unknown tag
  • Attribute or element not valid in the context
  • Unauthorized access attempt by any client
  • Server-side failure in response to a valid client-side call

Information about the error can be found in the ResponseCode and MessageText elements.

Child Elements

Element Description


Provides a text description of the status of the response.


Provides an error code that identifies the specific error that the request encountered.


Currently unused and is reserved for future use. It contains a value of 0.


Provides additional error response information.

Parent Elements

Element Description


Contains the free/busy information for a single mailbox user.

The following is the XPath 2.0 expression to this element: 



Contains response information and suggestion data for requested meeting suggestions.

The following is the XPath 2.0 expression to this element:



Contains the response results and the OOF settings for a user.

The following is the XPath 2.0 expression to this element: 



Contains the result of an attempted SetUserOofSettingsRequest message.

The following is the XPath 2.0 expression to this element: 



The ResponseMessageType type is common to all Exchange Web Services responses. The ResponseMessageType type is extended by the following complex types:

  • FolderInfoResponseMessageType
  • FindFolderResponseMessageType
  • ItemInfoResponseMessageType
  • AttachmentInfoResponseMessageType
  • DeleteAttachmentResponseMessageType
  • FindItemResponseMessageType
  • ResolveNamesResponseMessageType
  • ExpandDLResponseMessageType
  • SubscribeResponseMessageType
  • GetEventsResponseMessageType
  • SendNotificationResponseMessageType
  • SyncFolderHierarchyResponseMessageType
  • SyncFolderItemsResponseMessageType

The schema that describes this element is located in the EWS virtual directory of the computer that is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 that has the Client Access server role installed.

Element Information


Schema Name

Messages schema

Validation File


Can be Empty