Office365 Outlook Room Calendar not showing details – displays busy only – fix when Set-MailboxFolderPermission does not resolve

Solved: Office365 O365 Resources Rooms and & Equipment cannot view details or subject in shared calendar, can only see “Busy” and Set-MailboxFolderPermission did not fix or resolve.

So a room calendar would not display who reserved the room, and users requested that the calendars for room reservations display who reserved the room and the details. By default the event only displays “Busy”. Most posts I found online for this issue have the same resolution: use Set-MailboxFolderPermission to display details, comments, subject, and organizer. I did this and tried this using the identity in quotes as well as the full email address of the room, however the Set-MailboxFolderPermission setting did not work and the calendar would still only show “Busy”.

I was able to resolve the problem by looking at the rights of the users.

I found that the Calendar Access Rights for the User: “Default” only had {AvailabilityOnly}

To check permissions and fix this issue, first open PowerShell and connect to your O365 Exchange with the following commands:

$LiveCred = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange-ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ -Credential $LiveCred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session

Once connected, first check that the default user has the correct AccessRights and permissions to work with the calendar. As you can see below here, the Default user has {AvailabilityOnly} permissions when issuing the following command:

Get-MailboxFolderPermission [email protected]:\Calendar
PS C:\admin> Get-MailboxFolderPermission [email protected]:\Calendar

FolderName           User                 AccessRights
----------           ----                 ------------
Calendar             Default              {AvailabilityOnly}
Calendar             Anonymous            {None}

I changed the AccessRights from {AvailabilityOnly} to {PublishingAuthor} with the following command:

Set-MailboxFolderPermission -Identity "[email protected]:\Calendar" -User default -AccessRights PublishingAuthor

And then ensured the identity has the correct CalendarProcessing switches with this command:

Set-CalendarProcessing -Identity "[email protected]" -AddOrganizerToSubject $true -DeleteComments $false -DeleteSubject $false

Now the event’s details and subject can be viewed by everyone. This change takes place pretty quickly, within a minute – the “Busy” events should change to display the details when you close/open Outlook and/or switch between the calendars in Outlook online. Hope this saves someone else a call to MS Support.

In the event the new room’s Calendar is not auto processing or accepting meeting requests, check out my article here:

Solved – Office 365 Room Calendar Not Auto Processing or Accepting Meeting Requests

Please leave a comment, thanks.

3 thoughts on “Office365 Outlook Room Calendar not showing details – displays busy only – fix when Set-MailboxFolderPermission does not resolve”

  1. How do I set the permissions back to default? I tried the following command but didn’t work.

    Set-MailboxFolderPermission -Identity “[email protected]:\Calendar” -User default -AccessRights AvailabilityOnly

  2. Thanks for the Info, i think this is the right combination

    Set-CalendarProcessing -Identity “[email protected] -AddOrganizerToSubject $False -DeleteComments $false -DeleteSubject $false
    and with this
    -AddOrganizerToSubject $True
    The Resource mailbox’s calendar shows the organizer’s name instead of the subject in an Exchange Server environment
    so
    -AddOrganizerToSubject $False

    is the right settings for me.
    Greeting From Germany
    Ulrich

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