Building a Sharepoint Change Calendar with Orchestrator and Service Manager

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A few weeks ago one of my customers was asking if it’s possible to have a change calendar on the Service Manager portal. Out of the box this is not provided so I asked my good friend Anders how this could be solved. A few days later he already had a nice solution that you can find here: http://contoso.se/blog/?p=3350&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=building-a-change-calendar-with-orchestrator-and-service-manager So thank you Anders 🙂

This solution is a perfect viable solution and it works like a charm. So you will be able to create a new change request and see it in your outlook calendar . But when I wanted to start integrating the exchange calendar into SharePoint I encountered some SharePoint limitations.  I couldn’t find an easy and straight forward way to insert the shared exchange calendar into SharePoint.

During my search to integrate my exchange calendar into SharePoint I discovered that you could create SharePoint lists and change the list to a calendar view! So this could be interesting! you can find more info about creating lists and calendar view here: http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/Blogs/GetThePoint/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=483 . Follow the procedure to create a new SharePoint list and change the view type to a calendar view . Remember the name you will give to your new list as you will need it later on.

Next step is to download the SharePoint IP and use it to create a new SharePoint list item based on a change request.

Configure the SharePoint Ip:

Note that you need to specify “SharePoint Configuration” and need to provide the name of your list you just created.

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The runbook monitor Service Manager for new change request, when there is one, the runbook triggers and will create a new list item on Sharepoint

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When I create a new change request, Orchestrator will automatically be triggered and put the change request details on the SharePoint List that we have incorporated into our SCSM portal

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Hope this helps,

Alex

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