Creating and Sharing a Personal Calendar in Exchange

Many times Exchange users want to share a personal calendar with coworkers without jumping through the hoops of requesting a new shared or resource mailbox. I’m going to tell you how to do that without setting delegates or giving away more information than you want. (These instructions are for Outlook 2016, but they should be pretty close for 2013 & 2010.)   1. Switch Outlook […]

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Outlook permission errors related to resource mailboxes

Computers only do what you tell them, right? Somebody needs to have a talk with Exchange and Outlook about how they work with resource mailboxes. Every resource mailbox I configure seems to behave differently. Here are two problems I saw this week: You don’t have appropriate permission to perform this operation. Except that you do. In this case, I had created a new resource mailbox […]

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Unable to share a folder “because of permission settings on your network”

In any Exchange environment, Outlook will frequently return this error when you try to share a calendar or some other folder: Calendar sharing is not available with the following entries because of permission settings on your network: John Doe ( Do you want to send them a copy of this calendar in an e-mail message instead? Yes        No The problem almost never has anything to […]

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Meeting request response multiplying in the Drafts folder

I had a customer who had received a meeting invitation, but new copies of his acceptance response were appearing in his Drafts folder several times a minute. This sounds merely annoying, but if enough of these messages build up, it can cause the indexing service on your Exchange server to take 100% of available CPU cycles, and crash the entire server. The database will fail […]

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Cannot Open the Free/Busy Information

Applies to Exchange 2010 SP1 RU2-5, at least. Exchange certainly has it’s quirks, doesn’t it? It’s a great product, but it’s very complex. The more you work with it, the more you unpolished surfaces you discover. If you have a large organization, you’ve probably created multiple Room and Equipment mailboxes. And some of your delegates might be getting this error when they try to edit […]

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