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Why mail enable a calendar?

Posted on 2007-11-18
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I'm asked to create a calendar public folder but don't know if the customer wants it mail enabled. I don't want to mail enable anything if I don't have to.

What would the benifit be to mail enable a public folder? It seems as though you can't shoot mail to it and since you have it in your outlook to begin with yoiu can simply add alerts or whatever from outlook.

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You are correct.  Unless you want to add things to a public folder from an external system, you do not need to mail enable the folder.  Especially if the only way you want the folder to be updated is through Outlook.
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Okay, I found this thread when searching for a pre-made write-up for users on how to use a "mail enabled" public calendar.  I am going to clarify this because the answer is not clear.

The reason you mail enable a public calendar is so that the user organizing a meeting can email the calendar (let's say you make a calendar for a specific ROOM reservation) to reserve that room, and then the meeting organizer has the calendar item in their PERSONAL calendar also.  In this sense, they can get reminders and other features that are not supported if you just dump the item in the public calendar manually (in this situation you don't even get 'notification' of accepted or denied meeting requests).  This way the public calendar is an ATTENDEE and not an organizer.  If a meeting will be held in a certain room, or you want it posted to a certain public calendar, but you also have a bunch of people required to attend and want to TRACK their acceptance of the request, get reminders, etc. then you MUST mail enable a public folder and then create the meeting in your PRIVATE calendar, and add the "public folder" as an attendee......hope that clarifies.
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Thanks a bunch for the details.
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