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Thread: now that CalDAV is supported, should I install iSync?

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    Default now that CalDAV is supported, should I install iSync?

    I am trying to understand the additional benefits of the Apple Desktop Connector given that both Zimbra and iCal now support CalDAV.

    With CalDAV (and IMAP + LDAP), we get:

    • Sync Apple Mail
    • Sync iCal
    • Access to the GAL via LDAP for Mail and Address Book.

    (LDAP discussed at I don't currently see an easy way to access the GAL in iCal, but this doesn't seem to be a feature of the Apple Desktop Connector, either.)

    While the Desktop Connector did allow one to sync Entourage at one time, this no longer seems to be the case for current versions of Zimbra and Entourage 2008: By the way the information on Entourage support here seems to be a bit misleading, or at least overly vague.

    So right now the only benefits I can think of for Desktop Connector are:

    • Sync personal address book with Zimbra (yes?)
    • Sync personal (non-shared) calendar with Zimbra (yes?)
    • Sync personal mail (accounts on non-Zimbra server) with Zimbra (yes?)
    • Maybe an easier sync of Zimbra data with iPod/iPhone (?) But if you have Zimbra Mobile, this is largely superfluous.

    And the downsides of Desktop Connector:

    • Additional cost, if it's the only thing that's driving acquisition of Zimbra Professional edition.
    • One more thing to configure and potentially cause confusion.

    Can anyone tell me what I'm missing, or is Apple Desktop Connector + iSync basically on the way out?

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    The iSync Connector doesn't seem to be on its way out, as it is the best way to sync Address Book to Zimbra. Plus the ease of configuring iCal for Zimbra CalDAV accounts is simplified--the connector is very adept at setting the proper log-in and path, especially at my company where we have so many domains and sub-domains.

    (Sorry this is a late reply business and holidays kept me away from my favorite forum!)

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