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Automatically Import Files into Outlook Public Folder

I have a web application that is creating and saving VCS (iCal) files server side and stored on a server on our network.

As these files are created and saved into a folder, is there a way to autmatically have outlook import these files into a Public Calendar in Outlook.

I know this may require a batch file or some kind of 3rd party program but I havent been able to find something.

Summary:
1. User Creates File using Web App
2. File Gets saved to server on network
3. As the file is saved, it automatically gets imported to outlook Public folder without any kind of user action.
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JasonWinn
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David LeeCommented:
Hi, JasonWinn.

For this to work completely unattended, no user action required, you'll have to create a solution that runs at the Exchange server and does not use Outlook.  It's also possible to do this via Outlook, but that solution will require some user action, although not to import the file.  Any Outlook based solution will require that someone log into a computer, launch a process, and leave the workstation logged in and running all the time.  
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JasonWinnAuthor Commented:
Hi BlueDevilFan, Long time no talk, hope things are well.

Do you have any suggestions or advice for implmenting the solution at the exchange server?

The web app is running on the exchange server so thats no problem
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David LeeCommented:
Things are well, thanks.  How about yourself?

The only server-side solution I can think of is an Exchange event-sink.  Event-sinks only work with Exchange events.  My idea is to create and send an email containing the data to a particular mailbox.  The event-sink would monitor the mailbox and fire when an item is received.  It'd then import the data into the calendar.  I need to point out that Exchange event-sinks can be dangerous.  A poorly written, buggy event-sink could bring the entire server down.  They need to be well written and carefully debugged before implementing them in a production environment.
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JasonWinnAuthor Commented:
Hey BlueDevilFan, Things are well =)

Thanks for your help with the server-side idea.

Maybe it would be easier to do something client side, if you have any suggestions in that area let me know.
I'm trying to find the easiest and quickest way to solve this problem.

Some more background:
The web app is the front end for a scheduling program I am developing. It allows our dispatcher to fill out fields and generate work orders. We are using Outlook temporarily as the scheduling calendar, eventually it will be replaced by a web app. So I dont want to put a ton of time into outlook, since it will eventually be replaced.
For now, the web app is generating VCS files and the user is manually entering them into the outlook public calendar.
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JasonWinnAuthor Commented:
I apologise it took so long to close this one up blue devil. I
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David LeeCommented:
No problem, JasonWinn.
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