Creating a Public Shared Calendar and Permission Issues on OWA

I am trying to create a shared calendar for a department at the company that I work for.  I have requested for a generic exchange account to be created, we'll call it Department.  It's for the workers in the department to report and share when they are on paid time off or vacation.  There are several issues with this that I have come across so far.

1)  Under the Department account, there will be a calendar personal to the "user" Department.  If people invite Department to an appointment (say they are making an appointment on their own personal calendar and sharing it with the department calendar as well), it will go to that "personal user" calendar.  However, if Department creates several public calendars, is there a way that users can invite Department and have the appointment go to a specific calendar?

2)  If we are making a calendar for the entire department to see and put appointments on, is there a way that a) appointments can be made and put directly on the calendar without confirmation from user "department" or should I just set up the permissions so people can edit the calendar.  b) should I be making this under public folders?

3)  I have been playing with a shared calendar inside my account just for testing purposes and I noticed that when I see it on OWA later, it has this option in the left corner that says "New Appointment" where I can add a new appointment.  It's actually a drop down menu where I can put new messages/contacts/etc.  However, when I share my calendar with others, they do not see that option even when I change their permissions all the way to owner.  Is there a way to fix this?

I'm a bit desperate for help and answers as soon as possible so if anyone could please please please please please help me ASAP I'll be forever grateful.  Thanks so much!

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The best way to acheave your goals, is by creating a calendar under the public folders and giving it an e-mail address. Give the users of the department the contributor rights.
marylin87Author Commented:
What does giving it an email address achieve?  Also, how do you give people contributor rights (do you mean like editing rights?)
Every objet created in the public folders have an email address, so you can send your items by email. So, if you create a calendar, people will be able to send invitations. Contributor user, is someone who can se everything posted within the item he has the rights and can create or post new items, but can not modify or delete anything, unles if the object is created by himself.
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marylin87Author Commented:
Ok then I have a few more questions,
1)  What if the department won't let me make public folders?  What's a second option that I could use?
2)  Do you know anything about my permissions issue with Outlook Web Access?
marylin87Author Commented:
Oh and is there a way to make it automatically accept invited appointments?
Your second choice is to create a new calendra in your outlook and give others the permission to see and edit it. Another one is to create a brand new mailbox (New User) and use it fot this purpose. I Rather the public folders approach.
Yes there are ways to automatic accepts

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