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Exchange 2003 and Lotus Notes coexistance for calendaring only

We are currently using Exchange 2003 SP2 with Outlook 2003, we have a partner company that use Lotus Notes with Domino 6.5 and notes client 6.5. Because of the problems with calendaring (propose new time and counter does not work, also no free/busy information) between the two companies we are thinking of using the calendar connector. What we would like to know is do we also need to perform directory synchronisation just to get free/busy information working? (I know the Notes conenctor must be installed) any help or advice appreciated
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Yes, you need to use directory sync. The way freebusy lookup works ON BOTH SIDES is that the local system fuses teh directory to find the users whose schedule is being checked. If that is a "local system" user, it checks the local system.  If it is not, it forwads that request to the ocnnector.  If it can't find a user in the directory, it can't return information for that user.

However, that means that mail exchaneg starts working idfferently as well, since the directory sync will cause mail to be traded via the ocnnector instead of SMTP.  In addition, if these are two different SMTP domains or subdomains, some users may end up with repy addresses that change (i.e., a Notes user sends to an Exchange user and copies an external person, the external person may see both of the other parties as being in the domain for Notes).

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