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    Quote Originally Posted by mmorse View Post
    Another new & cool ability in 5.0.1 is to get free busy info by visiting http:// server.domain.com/home/username?fmt=freebusy which will display an aggregate HTML calendar for all the user's free-busy data. (Of course you can always choose to select "exclude this calendar when reporting free/busy times" if you wish.)
    This is cool.

    What would make it nicer is if http:// server.domain.com/home/ would show a list of users so that you could just pick the user whose free/busy time you wanted to see.

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    That might prove a little unsecure and not to mention spammer harvest...which is why there's a dynamic global address list you can access from the web-client/ZCO/LDAP look-ups if allowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmorse View Post
    That might prove a little unsecure and not to mention spammer harvest...which is why there's a dynamic global address list you can access from the web-client/ZCO/LDAP look-ups if allowed.
    Perhaps then it could be a username dropdown list within the Zimbra web client. I know you can look up peoples free/busy when scheduling an appointment. We would like to look up their future free/busy time, without being limited to the day of the appointment.

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    Via the bugzilla entry mentioned earlier in the thread, I've learned that you can access a free-busy weekly calendar with blocked-out busy time via

    http(s):// server.domain.com/home/username?view=week&fmt=freebusy

    (Substitute day for week if you like.)

    This is close to ideal. But I wonder if I can

    1) Require authentication to access http:// server.domain.com/home/username?fmt=freebusy

    It would be acceptable (minimally) if the authentication were via a single username/password set at the server.

    2) Give users the ability to selectively provide access to outside parties.

    In other words right now when I share a calendar with an External Guest, it seems I can't keep them from viewing the details of my calendar. I want to have the same level of control that's offered by right-click/Share Calendar, while sharing only my FB info as a web page.

    3) Do the same as (2) but provide my FB in a format that's accessible to Outlook's Internet Free/Busy Feature.

    See How to use the Internet Free/Busy feature in Outlook 2007 and in Outlook 2003 under How to set the free/busy search path for a specific contact. In other words I want to make it possible for external Outlook users to access my FB when they propose a meeting with me, but I don't want to let them see the details of my Calendar.

    Doable? Should I file an RFE?

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    Okay, this thread Only publish free/busy information to iCalendar also offers http://server.domain.com/home/username/calendar.ifb

    It sounds like this gives an Outlook-readable free-busy file, and requires authentication for access. This is pretty good, but it still seems that someone who access to to my .ifb is also going to have access to all the details in my Calendar. I don't necessarily want that.

    So right now it looks like I can give the entire world access to my FB info, or I can give selected users access to my entire Calendar (excluding private events). I can't give selected users access to just my FB info.

    Right?

    More granular control over access would be great.
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    SunONE had the ability for a user to subscribe to a persons calendar and be granted a free/busy view automatically. I'd really like that ability in Zimbra.

    The manual construction of weblinks for my colleagues freebusy calendars is cumbersome.

    I tried using this link in a shared calendar, but Zimbra cannot show freebusy shared calendars like that:

    https://<server>/zimbra/home/<user>/?fmt=ifb

    Using this link just gives a permission denied error:

    https://<server>/zimbra/home/<user>/calendar.ifb

    Having every colleague (and future colleagues) share their calendar with me (and their also share theirs with each other) is a tiresome task for everyone.

    Currently, our sysadmin has been forced to create a page with all our names that links to the external freebusy page. This however is a cludge:

    https://<server>/home/<user email>?fmt=freebusy

    Seeing as the freebusy is publically available, I see no reason why we shouldn't be able to subscribe to a persons freebusy calendar and have it shown simultaneously with our own calendar.

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    Default Viewing free/busy information

    I'm new to Zimbra (still trialling) and am becoming frustrated by a number of things within Zimbra. One being in the inability to share free/busy information as default within a domain, am I missing something or has this been an RFE for nearly two years with no apparent resolution.

    Is this what one should expect from a commercial package?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyh View Post
    I'm new to Zimbra (still trialling) and am becoming frustrated by a number of things within Zimbra. One being in the inability to share free/busy information as default within a domain, am I missing something or has this been an RFE for nearly two years with no apparent resolution.

    Is this what one should expect from a commercial package?
    We are using network edition 6.06 version, and I still not sure does this RFE been done or not. I already sharing the calendar (resources) to whole office, but the busy/free time only can view from webmail but not on outlook. Of cos an outlook connector is installed...

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    Viewing details of free/busy in Outlook is covered by http://bugzilla.zimbra.com/show_bug.cgi?id=38111 which hasn't yet been fixed. You might want to vote for it; since you have Network edition, you could also open a support case to emphasize your need.

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