Outlook Calendar Scheduling Issues

Posted by Chris on September 28, 2009 in Tech Blogs |

So I was having some weird issues with our outlook calendar.

When someone would send out a meeting request and you tried to respond you would get the following error:

As the meeting organizer, you do not need to respond to the meeting

This was driving me nuts.
This calendar is stored on a public folder and I was searching everywhere for an answer.

I tried Outlook.EXE /freebusy and that seemed to work for certain people, but not everyone and eventually the error would come back to all.

The other strange thing was that you could respond with no problem via outlook web access or via blackberry/iphone.

I saw so many questions about this on the web, with no answers.

I think I finally figured it out and hope that a few people can benefit from this.

Turns out the calendar was corrupted. Sometimes by using blackberries and responding to meeting requests it can occasionally cause corruption on that public folder calendar.

So what was I to do? Create a new calendar of course.

I was able to make a back up of the older calendar by selecting it and going to file export and save it as a pst file.

I then created the new Folder, then imported the old pst so all the calendar appointments show up.

You will have to go to each users computer and add the new calendar in so they can see it from the regular calendar view.

You will also have to adjust permissions again as well. It seems when you import the old calendar all the stats of who created what are gone and only admin can change the existing appointments.

Well I hope this helps a few people out there.

Leave me a comment if it does or you run into more issues.

Good luck!

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