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Outlook Meeting Attendance requests coming through as code

MCPJoe
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Hi all,

   Quick question.  My wife at home is sending me meeting (event) attendance requests through Outlook 2003 using a POP3 e-mail account (NO EXCHANGE).  When I receive the meeting requests they are coming through as just code, it does not appear in my mailbox in my outlook (using Exchange) as a valid calendar request.  Here is what it looks like...

BEGIN:VCALENDAR
PRODID:-//Microsoft Corporation//Outlook 11.0 MIMEDIR//EN VERSION:2.0 METHOD:REQUEST BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:Eastern Time (US & Canada) BEGIN:STANDARD DTSTART:20051030T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;INTERVAL=1;BYDAY=-1SU;BYMONTH=10
TZOFFSETFROM:-0400
TZOFFSETTO:-0500
TZNAME:Standard Time
END:STANDARD
BEGIN:DAYLIGHT
DTSTART:20050403T020000
RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;INTERVAL=1;BYDAY=1SU;BYMONTH=4
TZOFFSETFROM:-0500
TZOFFSETTO:-0400
TZNAME:Daylight Savings Time
END:DAYLIGHT
END:VTIMEZONE
BEGIN:VEVENT
ATTENDEE;ROLE=REQ-PARTICIPANT;RSVP=TRUE:MAILTO:(myemailaddress)
ORGANIZER:MAILTO:(mywifesemailaddress)
DTSTART;TZID="Eastern Time (US & Canada)":20060302T173000 DTEND;TZID="Eastern Time (US & Canada)":20060302T200000 RRULE:FREQ=MONTHLY;INTERVAL=1;BYDAY=TH;BYSETPOS=1;WKST=SU
LOCATION:location
TRANSP:OPAQUE
SEQUENCE:0
UID:040000008200E00074C5B7101A82E008000000006042D6807C35C6010000000000000000100
 0000029489E19A6CD8B4DB7F7F716D9B0CDB4
DTSTAMP:20060219T224708Z
DESCRIPTION:When: Occurs the first Thursday of every 1 month effective
  3/2/2006 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US &
  Canada).\nWhere: locationh\n\n*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*\n\ntitle.
   description.\n
SUMMARY:title
PRIORITY:5
X-MICROSOFT-CDO-IMPORTANCE:1
CLASS:PUBLIC
BEGIN:VALARM
TRIGGER:-PT180M
ACTION:DISPLAY
DESCRIPTION:Reminder
END:VALARM
END:VEVENT
END:VCALENDAR


Not sure why this request would come in like this and not as an event request.  Normally I would see the options to accept the invitation, decline or suggest a new time.  Anyone know why its not working?  I'm drawing a blank as to why this is not working...

Thanks
Joe
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Meeting requests have to be sent in Rich Text Format (RTF) for Outlook to see them as a meeting request.  Outlook has to be configured to send in RTF over the internet.  On the computer sending the request click Tools->Options->Mail Format->Internet Format.  Change the setting under Outlook Rich Text options to "Send using Outlook Rich Text format".  An alternative is to send using iCal/vCal format.  This will send the meeting request as an attachment.  When you double-click the attachment Outlook will read the file and make an appointment from it.  It's transparent to you except for the need to double-click the attachment.  To set this up, open the Calendar then click Tools->Options->Calendar Options->Advanced Options.  Check the box labeled "When sending meeting requests over the Internet, use iCalendar format".

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I checked this on both the sending and receiving machine, all are setup exactly the way you describe.  I can't see why this isn't work.  Even when sending as an ical format, I get no attachments and the calendar request comes through as text.  

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I'm not sure, but I think there may be a setting in Exchange that converts incomming messages.  Check with you Exchange admin.

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I am the exchange admin, I'm using Exchange at work, where the requests are coming into from outside, SMTP.  MY wife is using POP3 and SMTP only, no exchange.  I've checked both settings on the client, and there is no restriction in incoming mail messages in Exchange at my office.  

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I can only concur with you, it must be some setting in exchange or in my work outlook client, I can't find any differences in the config between the two, so I give up, its not a big deal anyway, just an annoyance.  

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