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How to send meeting invitation with two possible meeting times

Posted on 2009-04-07
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Here's my scenario.
My CEO wants to hold the same all-company informational meeting at 10:00 and then at 11:00 in a conference room. He wants to send out a meeting invitation to the whole company, but let each person respond and pick his/her time slot. Additionally, that meeting should then appear on that person's calendar at the time he/she chose.

This is Outlook 2007 with an Exchange 2007 Enterprise back end.

Is this possible?
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Send two meeting requests, rather than one.  You cannot schedule two meeting times for the same meeting in an Outlook / Exchange environment.
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Hi, JohnValue.

No, it's not possible using Outlook out of the box.  Meeting invitations only support a single time.  The only way I can think of to do this is to

1.  Create the two appointments on a calendar, then export them as iCalendar files.
2.  Place the two iCalender files in a location that all potential meeting attendees can reach
3.  Send a message with two hyperlinks in it, one to select the 10:00 time, the other to select 11:00.  The hyperlinks point to the two iCalendar files.
4.  The recipient receives the message and clicks on the link representing the time they want to attend.  The iCalendar file will open as an appointment.  The user clicks the button to add the appointment to their calendar.

This is as good as it gets without writing an application specifically for this.
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Thanks to DrUltima and BlueDevilFan for your time.

Both solutions gave the right answer and then offered a viable alternative, so I split the points.
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You're welcome.
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