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Calendaring with Entourage Web Services

Selecting 'sharing' for the Oxford Nexus calendar (Entourage)
Figure 1. Selecting 'sharing' for the Oxford Nexus calendar (Entourage)

You can use Entourage Web Services not only to access email, but also to use an online calendar that you can access from any Exchange client and that you can give other people access to, and to share contacts, tasks, files and folders with your colleagues. This guide will explain how you transfer events from your existing Entourage calendar on your local computer into the online calendar, how to share your calendar with your colleagues, how to schedule a meeting using Entourage, and how to synchronise Entourage with the Nexus server to ensure your information is always up-to-date and correct.

The following sections assume you have already successfully configured Entourage Web Services to access Oxford Nexus (the Oxford University Exchange server).

1. Sharing Calendars

Using Entourage Web Services with an Exchange account such as Nexus enables you to share your online calendar with colleagues within the University.

To share your calendar with a colleague, control-click on the calendar (it is important you select the calendar listed under your OUCS Nexus account and not your local calendar listed under On My Computer). On the contextual menu that appears, click on Sharing.

Selecting 'sharing' from the Calendar section in Nexus
Figure 2. Selecting 'sharing' from the Calendar section in Nexus

The Folder Properties window opens. Make sure the Permissions tab is chosen and click on the Add User... button.

Folder Properties window with Permissions tab
Figure 3. Folder Properties window with Permissions tab

The Select User window opens. This will permit you to find the user you want to share your calendar with. Enter the user's name in the search box near the top left of the window and click the Find button and select the correct user from the list of suggestions.

'Select User' window
Figure 4. 'Select User' window

This will return you to the Permissions window. You must now assign specific permissions to this user. To do so, select their name and click on the Permission Level drop-down menu.

Permissions window (Folder Properties)
Figure 5. Permissions window (Folder Properties)

Select the appropriate level of permissions. For example, Nonediting Author will allow the other person to see the calendar itself as well as individual events and to create new events, but not to edit existing events.

Selecting permission level
Figure 6. Selecting permission level

In this example, Nonediting Author was selected and you can see in the screenshot below that Create Items, Read Items and Folder Visible are now ticked. Click OK to complete the process.

Permissions updated
Figure 7. Permissions updated

Private calendar events: Some clients do not fully support private items and your private items may be revealed to those you share your calendar with. Please see the "How private are my private calendar entries?" entry in the Nexus FAQ for more details.

2. Opening Other User's Calendars

As well as being able to share your calendar with colleagues within the University it is also possible for you to open another user's calendar.

Open Other User's Folder
Figure 8. Open Other User's Folder

To view the calendar belonging to a colleague, choose [File/Open Other User's Folder...] on the Entourage menu.

Open Other User's Folder
Figure 9. Open Other User's Folder

Click on the Find User icon next to the User input box to choose from the Global Address Book.

Select User
Figure 10. Select User

Type in all or part of the name of the person who has shared their contacts with you, and click Find to search. In the resulting list, click on the correct name and then click OK to continue.

Open Other User's Folder
Figure 11. Open Other User's Folder

Choose the type of folder that you want to view, in this case calendar, and click OK to finish.

You may then see the following message:


On this screen tick Always use my response for this server and then click the Allow.

The user's calendar should now appear on the list of folders on the left, and will be opened ready for you to view.

3. Uploading events from your local calendar

If you have previously used Entourage to keep an electronic calendar on your computer, it is likely that it contains events you will need to transfer to the calendar on the Exchange server. In the example below, you can see that on the left, the Calendar that is highlighted is located in the On My Computer folder and therefore on your own machine rather than on the server. Under the highlighted calendar, there is an item Calendar Views. One of the options it offers is All Events. Click on this option.


This should bring up the events that you saw above in week view in the following format. If you have already entered some events in your online calendar as well as in the local Entourage Calendar, ensure On My Computer is selected, as it is below.


Go to the [Edit] menu and click on Select all. This should highlight all events in blue. You can then click on them and, without releasing the click, drag them onto the calendar listed under the name you have given your Exchange account, in the example below OUCS Nexus. The image shows the local events being dragged to the Nexus calendar.


If you now open the calendar on the Exchange server - in the image below, this calendar is now highlighted in blue - you will see it has added the events from your local calendar.


4. Scheduling meetings

Entourage Web Services allows you to schedule meetings with colleagues. Because you can easily see when someone is free you can plan your meetings accordingly. To schedule a meeting follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on the Calendar icon in the top tool bar.
  2. From the top tool bar, click the New button to open the New Event - Calendar screen. You can also get to this screen by clicking the small arrow on the New button and selecting [Calendar Event].
  3. On the New Event - Calendar screen, filll in the details such as the subject, ie the title of the meeting, and the location and the time and date for the meeting. You can think of the time and date as being provisional at this stage, later on you will be able to check whether your attendees are available and as a result you may wish to change the meeting date and time according to availability.
  4. To invite colleagues to this meeting click the Invite button in the top menu bar (this is usually the left most button).
  5. You will now see a pop up window that allows you to add invitees to your event. As elsewhere in Entourage, when you type in a partial name Entourage shows a list of possible matches to choose from. You can use the Add button within this pop up window to add as many invitees as required.
  6. Once you have added all the invitees, click the top left box icon or hit return to close this pop up window and return to the New Event - Calendar screen where you will see that the invitees have been added above the Subject. You can now check availability for these invitees by clicking the Scheduling tab to switch from the appointment view to the scheduling view.
  7. The time, date and duration that you specified originally will be indicated by a purple bounded box in the scheduling view. You can adjust the time, date and duration by using the Start and End fields or by dragging the purple box within the scheduling view. Once you are happy with the time and date, press the Send Now button located on the top menu bar.
  8. The meeting request wil now be sent to your colleagues and the appointment will be added automatically to your calendar.


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Written by IT Services. Latest revision 6 December 2017