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    Outlook Shared Calendars

    Anyone know of a way to view these on iPad? Can view them via OWA on a PC with IE when not in lite mode, but cant find a way to see them on iPad.

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    Install OWA for iPad off the AppStore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marci View Post
    Install OWA for iPad off the AppStore.
    That's fine if you have 360, we dont.

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    Neither do we. It connects to our local Exchange server fine from LAN or offsite over the net via our webmail url...

    I think they updated the app to support this recently. When we originally trialled it yep, it could only connect to 365, same as the Win8 Mail App, but since Win 8.1 released the iOS OWA app and Win8 Mail App have both been updated to connect to native Exchange servers etc.
    Last edited by Marci; 6th November 2013 at 01:10 PM.

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    should be able to use owa for ipad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marci View Post
    Neither do we. It connects to our local Exchange server fine from LAN or offsite over the net via our webmail url...

    I think they updated the app to support this recently. When we originally trialled it yep, it could only connect to 365, same as the Win8 Mail App, but since Win 8.1 released the iOS OWA app and Win8 Mail App have both been updated to connect to native Exchange servers etc.
    I tried this week and computer said no. Will try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sukh View Post
    should be able to use owa for ipad.
    Do you mean the app or web?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marci View Post
    Neither do we. It connects to our local Exchange server fine from LAN or offsite over the net via our webmail url...

    I think they updated the app to support this recently. When we originally trialled it yep, it could only connect to 365, same as the Win8 Mail App, but since Win 8.1 released the iOS OWA app and Win8 Mail App have both been updated to connect to native Exchange servers etc.
    Just tried again, it's not having it. We have Exchange 2010

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    Still looking into this, need a way of showing our global shared calender on mobile devices, BlackBerry, iOS and Android.

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    I've got an app called LookeeLoo on my iPad that can read shared calendars. It is very basic (and a bit flakey) but does the trick...

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    Not possible out the box as far as I am aware.

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    Outlook Shared Calendars

    Set up calendar publishing, and subscribe to the calendar?

    http://www.stevieg.org/2010/11/share...n-ios-devices/

    So you'd need to send out all the links periodically and the end user selects the ones the need.
    Last edited by psydii; 2nd May 2014 at 06:06 AM.

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    We're definitely using OWA for iPad with Exch2010 & 2013 hosted onsite without any issues... but as an alternative...

    If you've got a web server handy upon which you can drop a quick pile of PHP you can use https://github.com/jamesiarmes/php-ews

    Save the below as calendar.php somewhere publicly accessible on the server, then bash a link to webcal://your.website.add/pathto/calendar.php - click the link on any device supporting webcal:// protocol, and you'll get the prompt to add it into whatever the default calendar app is.

    Obvs change variables at the top, and $mailBox->EmailAddress...

    Code:
    <?php
    
    
    $host = 'your.exchserver.co.uk';
    $username = 'areadonlyuser';
    $password = 'theirpassword';
    $from =  date('c');
    $to =  date('c',strtotime("+2 years", strtotime(date('c'))));
    
    
    require_once('../pathto/ews/EWS_Exception.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/ExchangeWebServices.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/EWSType.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/NTLMSoapClient.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/NTLMSoapClient/Exchange.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/EWSType/FindItemType.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/EWSType/ItemQueryTraversalType.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/EWSType/DistinguishedFolderIdNameType.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/EWSType/DefaultShapeNamesType.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/EWSType/ItemResponseShapeType.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/EWSType/CalendarViewType.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/EWSType/NonEmptyArrayOfBaseFolderIdsType.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/EWSType/DistinguishedFolderIdType.php');
    require_once('../pathto/ews/EWSType/EmailAddressType.php');
    
    
    $ews = new ExchangeWebServices($host, $username, $password);
    
    
    $request = new EWSType_FindItemType();
    $request->Traversal = EWSType_ItemQueryTraversalType::SHALLOW;
    
    
    $request->ItemShape = new EWSType_ItemResponseShapeType();
    $request->ItemShape->BaseShape = EWSType_DefaultShapeNamesType::DEFAULT_PROPERTIES;
    
    
    $request->CalendarView = new EWSType_CalendarViewType();
    $request->CalendarView->StartDate = $from;
    $request->CalendarView->EndDate = $to;
    
    
    $request->ParentFolderIds = new EWSType_NonEmptyArrayOfBaseFolderIdsType();
    $request->ParentFolderIds->DistinguishedFolderId = new EWSType_DistinguishedFolderIdType();
    $request->ParentFolderIds->DistinguishedFolderId->Id = EWSType_DistinguishedFolderIdNameType::CALENDAR;
    
    
    $mailBox = new EWSType_EmailAddressType();
    $mailBox->EmailAddress = "emailaddress@ofshared.calender.co.uk";
    $request->ParentFolderIds->DistinguishedFolderId->Mailbox = $mailBox;
            
    $response = $ews->FindItem($request);
    $array = $response->ResponseMessages->FindItemResponseMessage->RootFolder->Items->CalendarItem;
    
    
    
    
    $SaveAs='sharedcalendar.ics';   //name of the file that is displayed to the browser when the php file is clicked on
          ob_start(); //start output buffering so can offer the output as a file rather than streamed to the users browser
                echo "BEGIN:VCALENDAR\n"; //some static ical headers
                echo "METHOD:PUBLISH\n";
                echo "VERSION:2.0\n";
                echo "PRODID:-//www.yourschool.co.uk//Your School Events Calendar//EN\n";
                echo "X-WR-CALNAME:OA Internal Events\n";
                echo "X-WR-TIMEZONE:Europe/London\n";
                echo "CALSCALE:GREGORIAN\n";
                echo "BEGIN:VTIMEZONE\n";
                echo "TZID:Europe/London\n";
                echo "BEGIN:DAYLIGHT\n";
                echo "TZOFFSETFROM:+0000\n";
                echo "RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYMONTH=3;BYDAY=-1SU\n";
                echo "DTSTART:19810329T010000\n";
                echo "TZNAME:BST\n";
                echo "TZOFFSETTO:+0100\n";
                echo "END:DAYLIGHT\n";
                echo "BEGIN:STANDARD\n";
                echo "TZOFFSETFROM:+0100\n";
                echo "RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYMONTH=10;BYDAY=-1SU\n";
                echo "DTSTART:19961027T020000\n";
                echo "TZNAME:GMT\n";
                echo "TZOFFSETTO:+0000\n";
                echo "END:STANDARD\n";
                echo "END:VTIMEZONE\n";
                            
                $iCalFeed = ""; //setup a variable to hold the iCal feed
                
                foreach ($array as $evt) //keep fetching events until there is no more
                {      
                     
                    $EvPref='VALUE=DATE:';
                    $EventDate = date('Ymd',strtotime($evt->Start));
                    $EventEndDate = date('Ymd',strtotime($evt->End));
                    
                    $EventID = str_replace('/','',$evt->ItemId->Id); //pull data from the database
                    $EventSummary = $evt->Subject;
                    $EventDescription = $evt->Subject;
                    $EventLocation = $evt->Location;
                    
                    $iCalFeed = $iCalFeed . "BEGIN:VEVENT\n"; //build the ical event and store to feed
                      $iCalFeed = $iCalFeed . "UID:" . $EventDate . $EventID ."\n";
                    $iCalFeed = $iCalFeed . "DTSTART;".$EvPref . $EventDate . "\n";
                    $iCalFeed = $iCalFeed . "DTEND;".$EvPref . $EventEndDate . "\n";
                    $iCalFeed = $iCalFeed . "ORGANIZER: wscalendar\n";
                    $iCalFeed = $iCalFeed . "SUMMARY:" . $EventSummary . "\n";
                    $iCalFeed = $iCalFeed . "DESCRIPTION:" . $EventDescription . "\n";
                    $iCalFeed = $iCalFeed . "LOCATION:" . $EventLocation . "\n";
                    
                    $iCalFeed = $iCalFeed . "CLASS:PUBLIC\n";
                    $iCalFeed = $iCalFeed . "TRANSP:TRANSPARENT\n";
                    $iCalFeed = $iCalFeed . "END:VEVENT\n";
                }
         
                $iCalFeed = str_replace("’", "'", $iCalFeed); //swap out any dubious characters that will break the ical feed
                $iCalFeed = str_replace(",", "\,", $iCalFeed);
                $iCalFeed = str_replace("\r\n", " ", $iCalFeed);
         
                echo $iCalFeed; //pump out the ical feed
                echo "END:VCALENDAR";
          $Buffer = ob_get_contents(); //save the output buffer to a variable
          ob_end_clean();  //clean up the output buffer and end capture
         
          /*header("Pragma: public"); //construct some headers that will make the users browsers think a static file is being downloaded
          header("Expires: 0");
          header("Cache-Control: must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0");
          header("Cache-Control: private", false);
          header("Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary ");
          header('Content-Type: application/force-download');
          header("Content-Type: application/download");
          header('Content-Length: '.strlen($Buffer));
          header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="' . $SaveAs . '"');*/
          echo $Buffer; //send the ical feed to the users browser promoting a saveas file dialog
    ?>
    We have several links available to our users which all provide the same calendar...

    For webcal users (iOS & OSX support natively thru Calendar.app, Windows users via Outlook installed or another webcal associated client, Android & Blackberry via plethora of iCal / webcal client apps), a link to the above script.
    For gMail users (this is probably what Android users will end up going for), https://www.google.com/calendar/rend...r.php&safe=vss (which passes the webcal protocol link directly to Google Calendar, giving google account holders the chance to subscribe through Google's systems, rather than needing to give them instructions for manually adding the URL).
    For our OWA users, https://our.mailserver.co.uk/owa/acc...r&view=monthly where account@mailserver.co.uk represents the email account tied to the shared calendar in question.

    Anyone who has subscribed in OWA for desktop, when they login to OWA for iPad (the app) or your OWA URL via Safari, any calendars they've already subscribed to will be there by default. OWA for iPhone apparently still only connects to Office365.

    We also have a separate set of links that share our exams calendar, and another which just covers term-dates, and another which just covers public events, as well as the main links above which essentially provide all of those in a single calendar.
    Last edited by Marci; 2nd May 2014 at 08:53 AM.

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    Wow, thanks Marci, I will give this a go at some point soon!

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