Aggregate availability from multiple calendars

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I prefer to keep personal appointments on one calendar (on Outlook.com) and work appointments on my work calendar (O365 Exchange), but Exchange only seems to use my work calendar to show my availability to other people in my organization. I'd like to have a way to aggregate my availability from multiple calendar sources, the way that you can overlay multiple calendars in Outlook. It's not really a matter of me seeing all my appointments, because I can easily see everything in a consolidated view in Outlook on my desktop or mobile; it's more about letting others in my organization know when I'm free to meet. I know there is (used to be?) a "free/busy server" option in Outlook client, but I feel like this should be something that can be set on my Exchange profile, so that it doesn't matter what client I'm using.

Aside from that kind of option, I guess I'd guess I might be OK with a solution that duplicates anything added to my personal calendar as a block on my work calendar or vice versa, even if it's an IFTTT-type thing. I saw a similar post that mentions some 3rd-party tools from CodeTwo and Connecting Software, but given this is just a preference of mine, I'm probably not going to spend a lot on a workaround.

TLDR: Is there a better approach to showing consolidated availability than manually duplicating my appointments between calendars? Thanks!

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Only the "primary " calendar is used indeed (you can have multiple calendar folders in the same mailbox but few/busy will only reflect the default one). So the only solution is to populate the appointments into the O365 calendar as well. As to how to do it, there are multiple methods. Adding the O365 account as an attendee is an easy solution and hardly takes more than few seconds, and you should even automate it via rules or macros. Similarly, you can get the messages directly into your O365 mailbox by configuring some form of forwarding, or using the Connected accounts functionality. Copy/pasting calendar items is also easy enough to do if you switch to a list view.

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Did you ever find a better workaround for this that creating multiple appointments? I have the same issue, and for me it's not only about creating the duplicate, I don't want to see all the duplicates on my calendar view either. I looked into hiding the blocking appointments from my view (basen on subject filter), and that worked, but then I dont know if I manually blocked it (since I do not see it) and could have a mix of singles and duplicates without knowing it. An automated hidden aggregator would be the best option...
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@Karim N'DIAYE 

 

Anyone else have a solution here? 

 

My problem is as follows,

 

"Even more important now when we are between home and the office… is the management of our calendars and availability.

 

Background information,

I have my main work (a***@m**.com ) calendar “Calendar” that all my meeting’s sit in, and controls my availability for “My Organization” to be able to view my busy/ free hours, when scheduling meetings.

I also have a 2x sub-calendars under this main calendar “Calendar”, called “Personal” and “Relationship” however because they are sub-calendars, they don’t merge my availability so that “My Organization” is able to view my busy/ free hours.

 

I like having these 3x different calendars, because I can show/hide them as I need… but of course having these sub-calendars means that I might have an appointment in “Personal” but when “My Organization” views my availability for scheduling meetings, they believe I’m free.

Therefore duplicating my meetings in my “Personal” and main “Calendar” for the same time.

 

Article for better explanation,

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/exchange/aggregate-availability-from-multiple-calendars/m-p/1...

 

I was hoping someone would know of a better solution for this, besides manually creating blank meetings in the main “Calendar” account to block out meetings that are scheduled in my “Personal” and “Relationship” sub-calendars.

 

Side note,

The “Relationship” calendar is a calendar that’s shared between myself and my partner, so that if there’s a family dinner, after works drinks, or appointment that involves us both, it’s a nice way of either one of us having the option see the availability of each other.. and then of course add in a new appointment if need be :smiling_face_with_smiling_eyes: or reschedule it- if we are already doing something on that day.

 

Thanks in advance for any help :)"