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Entourage and Exchange Server

January 6, 2009 2 comments

I’ve been using Apple Macs for years, and the only challenge I’ve experienced in the work place – is a proper email and calendaring client, that would play nice with Exchange Server. I used Mail, Entourage, Thunderbird, Outlook on Parallels (too slow) … what not.

I joined eHarmony in April 2008, and decided to stick with Entourage. After all, new version 2008 just came out, and it seems that since both Exchange and Entourage are made by Microsoft – chances are pretty good that they will be mostly compatible.

Everything worked fine for a while – until I noticed that many of my meetings were seemingly at random falling off my calendar. I noticed that mostly those were meetings forwarded to me by somebody else, or recurring events.

Quick research – and I found these two articles:

http://blogs.technet.com/amir/archive/2008/02/08/how-does-entourage-work.aspx

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/920134

It basically boils down to the fact that Entourage is communicating with Exchange via WebDAV protocol, however Exchange server does not support “complex calendaring” through WebDAV. Happened to be that recuring events, forwarded meetings, meetings created on behalf of somebody are all – “complex calendaring”.

Besides the fact that MSFT again proved to be an interesting organization where some products don’t have support for others – I’m back to squrare 1 – looking for solid email and calendar client – that just works.

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Categories: entourage, exchange, mac, os x
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