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Hans Santens
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Hans Santens asked on 29 Apr 2010, 12:48 PM
Hi,

I have added a RadScheduler to my page, which loads several calendars from exchange. To realize that I used your Live Demo/Exchange example. Until now, this works fine.

As the calendars I'm reading from are meeting rooms, I would like to view them as resources. In another thread I have read the following: The mailboxes can be mapped to RadScheduler resources in the CreateAppointmentsFromCalendarItem method. You should inspect the mailbox of the calendar item and assign a corresponding resource.

I had a look in the code, but I don't seem to get this working. Does someone have a working example for this? I can't imagine that I'm the only one who wants to realize something like this.

Many thanks in advance!

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answered on 30 Apr 2010, 03:16 PM
I did some further research, and noticed the "resources" property of my Exchange CalendarItemType objects is always empty. Is that normal, or would it be possible that something went wrong at the meeting rooms implementation?

I have started a thread on an msdn forum about this. Let's hope they can give me some explanations. 
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answered on 03 May 2010, 12:25 PM
Hi Hans,

I am sending you an extended ExchangeSchedulerProvider class that has resources (rooms) added to the appointments.

I hope you find it helpful.


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Peter
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Hans Santens
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answered on 03 May 2010, 01:01 PM
Thank you very much! That's exactly what I needed.
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Brad
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answered on 05 Aug 2010, 01:26 PM
Is this something that will be added in future versions or should everyone who wants to use resources with Exchange calendars need to download this file?
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answered on 09 Aug 2010, 03:09 PM
Hi Brad,

We don't plan to add any additional built-in functionality related to the exchange provider for RadScheduler. The attached demo project simply shows how to use the existing RadScheduler API to implement a custom scenario.

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answered on 12 Nov 2010, 06:05 PM
Hi,

I know it's quite an old thread, started by myself,  by I just wanted to add something which might be useful to some of you...

There is an easy way to make the ExchangeSchedulerProvider more generic

Add an extra property to the ExchangeSchedulerProvider call (I have called it "calendars")
private string[] calendars;
        public string[] Calendars
        {
            get { return calendars; }
            set { calendars = value; }
        }

Then I have changed "GetResourcesByType" to (off course you can set the name and key values to whatever you want)
public override IEnumerable<Resource> GetResourcesByType(RadScheduler owner, string resourceType)
        {
            string[] sharedCalendarNames = calendars;
 
            List<Resource> resources = new List<Resource>(sharedCalendarNames.Length);
 
            for (int ix = 0; ix < sharedCalendarNames.Length; ix++)
            {
 
                Resource sharedCalendar = new Resource();
                sharedCalendar.Type = "SharedCalendar";
                sharedCalendar.Key = sharedCalendarNames[ix];
                sharedCalendar.Text = sharedCalendarNames[ix];
                sharedCalendar.CssClass = "res" + sharedCalendarNames[ix];
 
                if (!owner.Resources.Contains(sharedCalendar))
                {
                    resources.Add(sharedCalendar);
                }
            }
 
            return resources.ToArray();
        }

Now, you can just add an array of strings to the provider
//rooms is of the type string[]
((ExchangeSchedulerProvider) owner.Provider).Calendars = rooms;

That's all I wanted to share with you.
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answered on 17 Nov 2010, 03:49 PM
Hi Hans,

Thanks for posting your findings in the forums.

All the best,
Peter
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answered on 14 Oct 2013, 08:45 AM
Hi,

I am looking for the same, do you have a sample project, where I can define my Exchange Rooms and group the scheduler by rooms?

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answered on 17 Oct 2013, 10:41 AM
Hello Noureddine,

I would like to clarify that "rooms" variable is an string array containing some string values for sample purposes. Its purpose is to show you can make the provider more generic and show the grouping functionality.

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