Thursday, June 24, 2010

SharePoint 2007 Calender Reminders

SharePoint 2007 does not come with the ability to add reminders to calendar events. If you want to have a reminder for one-time or recurring event you will have to get creative, write a timer service, or buy a third party product. Here are options for all three:

Creative Approach
You can use a task schedular outside of SharePoint and provide a link in the reminder email that leads them back to a SharePoint site or list. The link can also pre-fill a NewForm using a little jQuery.

Timer Service Approach
You can create a custom timer to evaluate a calendar and send reminders for all events due on that day. Here is an article on how to do that:

Third Pary Approach
The leader in this area seems to be a product called Pentalogic Reminder. It can be pricey but if it will do everything you are needing to do except create a new item in an existing task list. It will only send emails.

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