Create an “Add to Calendar” in an email

In Outlook, when you want to invite people to attend a meeting or event, you usually send a meeting request. The recipient can then accept the request and the item is added to his or her calendar.

There is an alternative method that works more broadly with Outlook and other calendar programs. An Internet calendar (iCalendar) attachment or a link to an iCalendar file can be added to the message body. When the recipient opens the attachment or clicks the link, the event is added to his or her calendar program. The link can be text or an image such as a button.

Sample message with iCalendar attachment and button

Note    Unlike Outlook meeting requests, when using iCalendar attachments and links you do not receive confirmations when people accept or decline.

Step 1: Create an appointment

If you already created the appointment on your calendar, skip to the next section, Step 2: Send an iCalendar attachment.

  1. In Calendar, on the Home tab, in the New group, click New Appointment.
  2. In the Subject and Location boxes, type the subject and location information.
  3. Enter the Start time and End time.
  4. On the Appointment tab, in the Actions group, click Save & Close.

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Step 2: Send an iCalendar attachment

  1. On your calendar, click the appointment.
  2. On the Appointment tab, in the Actions group, click the down arrow on the Forward command.

Forwasrd as iCalendar command on the ribbon

  1. Click Forward as iCalendar.

A new message window appears and an iCalendar is attached.

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Step 3: Add a link to the message body

The link can be text or any image that you choose.

Do one of the following:

Add a text link to the message body

  1. In the open appointment window, right-click the iCalendar .ics attachment, and then click Save As.
  2. Select a location that all of your recipients can access.

For example, within an organization, you can select a shared network location. The most common scenario is to save the iCalendar .ics file to a website. Remember, when selecting a place to save the file it is important that any recipient has access to that location.

  1. Click Save.
  2. Click in the message body.
  3. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Hyperlink.
  4. In the Text to display box, type the text that you to appear as the link.
  5. In the Address box, enter the location where you saved the iCalendar .ics file. If you saved it to a website, enter the Web address or URL (Uniform Resource Locator (URL): An address that specifies a protocol (such as HTTP or FTP) and a location of an object, document, World Wide Web page, or other destination on the Internet or an intranet, for example: http://www.microsoft.com/.) for that location.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Continue to complete the message as you normally would, including adding recipients, and then click Send.

Add an image link to the message body

  1. In the open appointment window, right-click the iCalendar .ics attachment, and then click Save As.
  2. Select a location that all of your recipients can access.
  3. For example, within an organization, you can select a shared network location. The most common scenario is to save the iCalendar .ics file to a website. Remember, when selecting a place to save the file it is important that any recipient has access to that location.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Click in the message body.
  6. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Picture.
  7. Click the picture you want to insert, and then click Insert.
  8. Click the inserted image.
  9. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Hyperlink.
  10. In the Address box, enter the location where you saved the .ics file. If you saved it to a website, enter the Web address or URL (Uniform Resource Locator (URL): An address that specifies a protocol (such as HTTP or FTP) and a location of an object, document, World Wide Web page, or other destination on the Internet or an intranet, for example: http://www.microsoft.com/.) for that location.
  11. Click OK.
  12. Continue to complete the message as you normally would, including adding recipients, and then click Send.
Sample button images

You can save these sample button images on your computer and then use them when inserting an iCalendar link.

  1. Right-click the image, and then click Save picture as.

Note    The command name might differ depending upon the Web browser installed on your computer.

Add to Outlook button Add to calendar button

  1. Select a location on your computer, and then click Save.

Ref: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/create-an-add-to-calendar-link-in-an-email-message-HA102114161.aspx#_Add_a_text

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Exchange 2003 edb faliure disaster recovery procedure

The mailserver has blown up, you get the server back online but the mailsotre won’t boot.  First of all you try all of the Microsoft eseutil fixes but, still no joy. None of the mailstores will come back online. The disater recovery procedure highlighted in this blog gives a step-by-step guide to restoreing your mailstores, for each user, from the users local cached exchange store.

1. Local the user in Active Directory and delete their current mailbox (You’ve lost the mail store anyway.)

2. Create a new mailbox for the same user account. Create this on DUBBUR-MB01  – KPS Default Store (KPS Specific)

-Same process as above, but choose create mailbox

3. Go to the users machine and open outlook with their old profile. Archive this profile to a local PST. Take a opy of this PST to an external HDD for safe storage.

4. Create a new profile called Dubai Hosted and set this as default.

5. Open outlook with this new profile and mount the PST file.

After speaking with Raja, he seems to be getting emails on his iPhone but not his Blackberry. You will have to reconfigure each users blackberry.

Restarting Mail service in DLI’s Payroll Management System

Login to Dubbur-Sage01

Goto Scheduled Tasks

Check to see the last time the task restarted.

If it did not update at midnight last night go to services and restart a service called

If you do wish to reboot the service, login to DUBBUR-Sage01 and restart the service called DLI Mail Server.

I have just got out of a meeting with Adam. He says that he is getting alerts with no issues. Please confirm with Alex that he did get your request.

Installing Certificates on ISA 2006

I have just deployed Exchange 2010. I got a valid certificate and installed i on my Exchange Server. I confirmed that it was working internally (No certificate error when connecting to OWA from IE inside the network).

All that was left now was to install the certificate on my ISA server. Here is the trick:-

Do not just type certmgr.mmc in the run command. This open the certificate manager for Personal certificates.

You want to install the certificate for the computer. To do this, type mmc in the run command. Then add the certificate managed it there. Here you will be asked if you want the certificate manager to manage User Certificates or Computer. Choose computer.

Big thanks to Law for this!