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We have set up a calendar within outlook for the “Boardroom” to enable room scheduling but are not sure if it is set up correctly.
2. We can access the “boardroom” diary but have been unable to directly book the room is that possible? We have tried allocating the room from the scheduler drop down into 2016 but get a response saying booking to far in the future. Is this a setting issue as we book event years in advance.

RE: Outlook

Hello Howard,

Thank you for your question. I don't have much knowledge about Exchange Server, but I know that normally resources like rooms are created in Exchange Server. Below are steps which Microsoft suggest for setting up resources in Outlook:

How to Define a Resource Account

1.Create a new e-mail account for the resource by using the Microsoft Exchange Server Administrator account.
2.Start Outlook by using the new resource account to create the default folders in the mailbox on the server.
3.On the Tools menu, click Options.
4.Click Calendar Options, and then click Resource Scheduling.
5.Click to select all three Meeting Request options, and then click Set Permissions.
6.Click Add to add the users that will be allowed to use the resource.
7.Assign at least Author permissions for each user.
8.Click OK to close the dialog boxes, and then quit Outlook.

How to Direct-Book an Appointment to the Resource
You can book the resource at the same time that you create the meeting. You can view the free/busy information of the resource account in the Plan a Meeting form.

Use the following steps to invite attendees and resources to a meeting:

1.Click Calendar.
2.On the Actions menu, click Plan A Meeting.
3.In the Plan A Meeting dialog box, click Invite Others.
4.In the Type name or Select from List box, type the name of the person or resource that you want at the meeting.
5.For each name entered, click either Required, Optional, or Resources.

NOTE: As a rule, users should be invited as Required or Optional, and resources should be invited as Resources. The meeting invitation is addressed with the required and optional attendees appearing in the To box on the Appointment tab, and the resources appear in the Location box.
6.Click OK, and then use the scroll bars to view the free/busy time for invitees.
7.Click a time when all invitees are available. You can use AutoPick to find the next available free time for all invitees.
8.Click Make Meeting.

Note When you direct book a resource, you update the free/busy information for the resource.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards
Marius Barnard
MS Office Trainer

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