Entourage & Outlook Calendar Sharing Using Exchange

I have a mac user on the network who uses Entourage X as an email client...all my other users are on Outlook 2003. The Outlook users want to share a group calendar between the office, and so far, I think I have the know-how to get the appropriate public folder setup for them to do that. My question is, has anyone set this up (calendar sharing) for Entourage & Outlook clients before?

Will my Entourage user be able to use the same calendar file as the Outlook users, is there any need to translate (import/export) the calendar from the Entourage machine [each time they need to access the file], or is there one standard between the two.

Also, if any of you has done such a thing, a brief overview of the steps (from the beginging) would be apprieciated. So far, I think they are as follows: 1) Setup Exchange on a Domain Controller (which I have done), 2) Create User accounts on Exchange server, 3) Create a public share with permissions for those users, 4) Setup Clients (Outlook) to share calendars using the public share...

what I am wholy unsure about is, 5) setting up the Entourage client. I tried for a while to have her export her data (using apple scripts) to Outlook and then run Outook under a Virtual PC session, but that hasn't gone over well as a solution...the apple folks in the office grimaced at hearing I was going to install VPC to get around the problem.

* My office currently gets their mail from a POP3 outside of the office, the Exchange server is only to facilitate the exchange of shared calendars. I have setup the Outlook clients to include logging onto the Exchange server at this point, but so far I have not actually moved forward with having the users create a shared calendar file (for fear that the format will be incompatible).

** Documentation for cross-client calendar sharing in exchange is pathetic...everything is for Outlook only...as if the whole world uses bloody Outlook...arrgh!!!

Anyway, I need help on this one.
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Alf666Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Entourage users will be able to access free/busy information on other users calendars. But they will not be able to have all the functionalities of Outlook.

You will find lots of infos on this topic on the following page :

http://www.entourage.mvps.org/faq/exchange_server.html

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Alf666Commented:
The shared calendaring works very well under Outlook/Exchange.

Unfortunately, Entourage X's exchange support is a big joke. It's not a MAPI layer. So, the promised calendaring feature will not work as expected.
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cantedviewAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response. I am not from what you have stated if the Outlook Users and Entourage users will be able to work from the same shared file (using the Group Calendar feature of Outlook) or not. Also, I still need addressed whether or not there is a need to export/import the calendar by the Entourage users or if they can make use of the same format fro calendaring.

Anyway, thanks again for the answer...hopefully you can clarify some of these things, or someone else who has setup this up will see the post.

Be Good,
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