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Thread: Using Mail or Address Book (OS X) and LDAP... is it possible?

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    Default Using Mail or Address Book (OS X) and LDAP... is it possible?

    Hey guys,

    I have successfully setup Thunderbird to use our Zimbra's LDAP server and it's pretty sweet. Thing is, most of us, including myself prefer Mail yet I can't seem to get LDAP working with Address Book or Mail.

    Before I go batty trying to make it work, IS IT even compatible with Address Book or Mail?

    Thanks in advance guys, Zimbra is truly an amazing piece of software.

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    Works for me, using auth but not ssl.

    In mail.app:Preferences:Composing:
    - check Automatically complete addresses
    - Configure LDAP: add an entry for your zimbra server with:
    name: zimbra.mydomain.com
    server: zimbra.mydomain.com
    search base: [blank]
    port: 389 (default)
    use SSL: not checked
    scope: subtree
    username: me@mydomain.com
    password: myzimbrapassword
    auth type: simple

    Address a new email. Start typing someone's first name, wait a sec, and mail.app will make a suggestion from Zimbra LDAP. (Make up a test account in Zimbra that isn't in Address Book.app or mail.app's previous recipients list, to confirm.)

    Setup and use in Address Book is pretty much the same, only it's under Preferences:LDAP.

    Problem with doing authentication is that it's yet another password entry that has to be updated when you change your zimbra password. Haven't tried it with SSL.

    - Adam
    Last edited by adamdoesit; 08-24-2006 at 04:12 PM.

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    Hey Adam,

    Thanks for the reply.

    This is very half working as I have noticed just now. I added contact through the web interface (one that DOES NOT) exist in my local address book and when I search for him, I get nothing.

    Now, I open up Address Book I click on Directories and the list is empty. I search for a contact that has been in my online contact list for a long time and it shows up. However, if I again, search for the new contact I get nothing.

    Now on top of ALL this, I don't see the point of LDAP in Address Book unless when I click Directories and then my selected Directoy it shows all the contacts in that directory.

    Does yours show you contacts natively, or only when you search?

    Thanks!

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    LDAP entries only show up when you search. This is true of all LDAP directories I've seen.

    I may be mistaken, but I think the LDAP lookup is only for the global address list. For personal contacts, use the Zimbra iSync conduit.

    - A.

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