Administrating the calendar is pretty straight forward. There's however one topic that requires some explanation and configuration.
Sharing calendars works similar to the default procedure.
But there is something special to note with inviting participants. When someone invites another Group-Office user, the event will be scheduled in a tentative state even though this user does not have permissions for the calendar.
Free busy access module
When the free busy access module is installed, the event won't be scheduled in the user's calendar when the user has not been granted free busy access in their settings.
It's possible to create resources in Group-Office to manage meeting rooms or company cars for example. The resources are organized in groups and have can have administrators per group. Administrators must check and approve resource bookings. The resources are part of the calendar module and also work together with custom fields.
For resource administration this option you need manage permissions for the calendar module.
Groups are useful to organize resources. You could have the following groups for example:
To open the resource group management go to:
Calendar -> Administration -> Resource groups -> Add
Enter a name for the group and click at “Apply”. You can also select the custom field categories you want to use with this type of resource. For meeting rooms you might want to create a category with a check box for lunch, a beamer or a text field for the number of persons.
After hitting apply the "Administrators" tab is enabled. It's required to add at least one administrator to the group. A group administrator must check and approve a booking.
Permissions for administrators
Administrators will automatically be granted write permissions for the resources in this group when you add them. Permissions will NOT be automatically removed because this might lead to unwanted deletion of permissions.
After you setup a resource group you can add resources. Go to:
Calendar -> Administration -> Recources -> Add
Enter a name and click on "Apply". The permissions tab is now enabled.
Give users that need to book this resource read permissions. They don't need write permissions. If you give them write permissions they will be able to accept their own bookings and that's probably not what you want.
After at least one resource is created the "Resources" panel in the calendar navigation on the left is available. New bookings are shown in red, accepted bookings turn green:
When you have access to a resource you can book them from the new event dialog in the calendar. Go to:
Calendar -> Add -> Resources.
Select the resource(s) you want to use with your event (The lunch, beamer and persons input fields are custom fields in this example):
The event in the users' calendar shows up with a star:
When the event is saved an e-mail goes out to all administrators so they can accept or decline it.
The administrator must approve the booking unless you are an administrator yourself.
When you are a resource administrator and you get an e-mail like displayed above, you can click on the link to open the booking or you can browse to:
Calendar -> Resources -> The resource
You can change the status to "Accepted" or "Declined" in the dialog. After saving it an e-mail will go out to the user.