After creating a Meeting WorksSpace in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, you'll need to give users
access to it. You can attach a link to your meeting invitation that allows users to view meeting resources before, during and after the meeting. Here's how to create a link to a Meeting WorkSpace and a few things to remember in the process.
You can only link to a SharePoint Workspace when you're sending out meeting invitations. Therefore, open Outlook and choose the New -> Appointment commands from the File menu. Outlook will open an untitled Appointment screen. Click the Invite Attendees button and then Meeting Workspace.
Outlook will display a Meeting Workspace pane on the right side of the screen. Click the Change Settings button and you'll be prompted to enter a location URL. Choose Other and Outlook will ask you to enter a location. Enter the URL for your SharePoint site. This should be the site URL, not the Workspace's URL.
Next, enter your authentication credentials. Once you've authenticated into your SharePoint environment, you can either create a new Workspace or link to an existing Workspace. Select the option to link to an existing Workspace and select the newly created Workspace from the drop-down list (Figure 1).
There is a View Workspace link located beneath the Workspace you selected. Click on this link to preview the Workspace. If your organization has several Workspaces on file, this is a great way to make sure you're sending meeting attendees the correct workspace before sending invitations.
Once you've verified that you are linking the meeting request to the correct workspace, click OK to link the Meeting Workspace to the invitation. Figure 2 shows an outbound message.
The meeting invitation contains a hyperlink to the Meeting Workspace that you created. This allows meeting participants to visit the Meeting Workspace before, during or after the meeting so they can prepare for the meeting or access resources after it's over.
Note: Inviting someone to a meeting does not automatically allow them to use the Meeting Workspace. You must assign permissions to the attendees so he or she can access the Meeting Workspace. This should be done before you send out meeting invitations.
About the author: Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a five-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his work with Exchange Server, Windows Server, Internet Information Services (IIS), and File Systems and Storage. Brien has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once responsible for the Department of Information Management at Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, Brien has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit Brien's personal website at www.brienposey.com.
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