How to share Outlook Calendar using Active Directory

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I want to use Active Directory to share an Outlook Calendar without using Outlook itself to do this. The Properties page of a user account in Active Directory has the Exchange Advanced tab to set permissions. When I used this tab, it seemed that permissions can only be given to the entire email and not a specific Outlook folder like Inbox, Calendar or Contacts. I have no problem sharing individual folder in Outlook. When I tried this in Active Directory, only "Full mailbox access" permission seemed to work but it gave access to all folders in Outlook. I only need access to the Calender folder in Outlook. Any help will be appreciated.

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This is the intended behavior for Exchange 2003 and Active Directory. AD does not provide a way to grant access only to a specific folder. It is as you discovered, the entire mailbox. As a Microsoft expert said in a seminar I attended once “This is not a problem, this is a feature”.

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  • Brijesh
    Hi,

    Active Directory is a directory of objects.  A user account is an object (not a subfolder of someone's mailbox).  The mailboxes are defined within the Exchange database, and the tool you have to use here is Exchange System Manager, which also does not have any folder-level permission controls. There might be a resource-kit type or 3rd party tool out there.
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