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Error(The Operation Failed)while opening .ics file in Outlook 2016 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi Team, 

    I have a .ics file which has RRULE to create events which occur on every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. This .ics when opened in Gmail calendar works perfectly and events are created for the respective dates. However when opened in Outlook 2016 getting error Operation Failed. I tried RRULE for weekly and it works in outlook. I tried parsing this RRULE using http://worthfreeman.com/projects/online-icalendar-recurrence-event-parser/ and it gave the following dates which are correct.

    Thu 08/16/2018 18:15:00 Thu 08/16/2018 19:00:00
    Thu 09/06/2018 18:15:00 Thu 09/06/2018 19:00:00
    Thu 09/20/2018 18:15:00 Thu 09/20/2018 19:00:00
    Thu 10/04/2018 18:15:00 Thu 10/04/2018 19:00:00
    Thu 10/18/2018 18:15:00 Thu 10/18/2018 19:00:00
    Thu 11/01/2018 18:15:00 Thu 11/01/2018 19:00:00
    Thu 11/15/2018 18:15:00 Thu 11/15/2018 19:00:00
    Thu 12/06/2018 18:15:00 Thu 12/06/2018 19:00:00
    Thu 12/20/2018 18:15:00 Thu 12/20/2018 19:00:00

    Following is the .ics file content.

    BEGIN:VCALENDAR
    VERSION:2.0
    METHOD:REQUEST
    BEGIN:VEVENT
    UID:1B788C86804F764CBD796DCD13732DDA
    DTSTAMP;VALUE=DATETIME:20180810T053939
    DTSTART;VALUE=DATETIME:20180816T181500
    DTEND;VALUE=DATETIME:20180816T190000
    RRULE:FREQ=MONTHLY;BYDAY=1TH,3TH;UNTIL=20181231T120000Z
    ORGANIZER;CN="EMPLOYEE":MAILTO:Employee@example.com
    ATTENDEE;RSVP=TRUE:MAILTO:Employee1@example.com
    DESCRIPTION:Thursday
    LOCATION:Conference Room
    SUMMARY;LANGUAGE=en-us:Interest - Thursday
    BEGIN:VALARM
    TRIGGER:-PT15M
    ACTION:DISPLAY
    END:VALARM
    END:VEVENT
    END:VCALENDAR

    Can you please help here.

    - Suraj


    Friday, August 10, 2018 8:55 AM

All replies

  • Hi Suraj,

    Have you checked if the issue only affects the particular .ics file? 

    Please saving an event on the calendar in Outlook as .ics file and see if it can be open properly. Not sure about how you created the .ics file, but if the .ics files created in Outlook can work as expected, personally I'd like to suggest creating the meeting request directly in Outlook. Then you can compare the content of the .ics file with the problematic to check the if there is any difference. 

    Regards,

    Yuki Sun


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    Monday, August 13, 2018 6:57 AM
  • Thanks Yuki Sun.

    I created the .ics file using https://github.com/GameplayJDK/icsGen. I also tried opening the file using Open and Export option in Outlook but nothings happens also the error message is not shown. Is there any other property that we need to specify for the Outlook in RRULE? Above is the .ics file content.

    Regards,

    Suraj

    Monday, August 13, 2018 7:19 AM