Shared central calendar in Outlook 2003

Posted on 2004-11-03
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I need to setup a calendar using outlook 2003 so everyone in my office can see add/modify and delete from it. I don't have MS exchange server. We have a web server which has a shared drive which is where we usually keep any shared documents. I would us Net Folders but they dont seem to work woth outlook 2003 as Microsoft no longer support them.

Everyone has a copy of outlook 2003 on their machine.

Any ideas

Question by:damieneowen
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Sorry, to the best of my knowledge there is no way to do this with Outlook without an Exchange server of some other server product.  Outlook stores data in PST files that can only be opened by one user, if it's not using an exchange server.  

    Because of this, at my last company, we developed in house a calendar system that run off a database and web pages from a Windows web server running IIS.
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    I concur.

    This is one of the reasons we opted out of a consortium of school districts with a cental e-mail system and implemented our own exchange server.

    Earlier versions of Outlook had the shared calendar as an option. They took it out, probably to get the added money of people needing to use exchange.

    I spent a good long time looking for another solution. Sorry. There just isn't one if you insist on using Outlook.

    Author Comment

    Ok, cheers guys. I figured some kind of in house produced solution would be the only way forward. Just thought I would check for definate that there is nothing out there to do the job.

    Expert Comment

    There is an inexpensive application called workgroupshare @ - Take a look it has been helpful for this situation to several of my smaller business clients

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