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How would I be able to share my Outlook "internet free-busy" status via Dropbox?

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In Outlook 2010 the following works

First go to File->Options->Calendar

Click on "Free-Busy" options

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Click on "Other Free/busy"

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Set the location to somewhere in your "Public" part of your dropbox. Such as

file://\localhost\c$\Users\user\Dropbox\Public\outlook\name.vfb

Search location should be something like the following and point to the folder where you share your items together with others.

file://\localhost\c$\Users\user\Dropbox\Public\outlook\%NAME%.vfb

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To allow others to retrieve your free busy information you will need to share it in your contact. There is a field in the contact details to do this.

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This seems to work, but not always, I guess it depends on settings on the client sometimes proxies and firewall does not allow dropbox in some cases.

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I've not actually used this, but from the manual i would guess you use the file:// format to save it somewhere in your public folder, and get the other person to use the dropbox link from the public folder to view/add it

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My recommendation is to not use a UNC for a local path because the C$ is an administrative share and thus may not be accessible to the end user.

A better way to use the file:// path is to use it like this:

file://C:\Users\user\Dropbox\Public\outlook\%NAME%.vfb

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