i'm working on a couple of zimbra installs, trying to 'invisibly' replace existing mail systems by using migrating mail accounts over and continuing to use imap for client access, NOT the zimbra web client (for now, that will come later). main email clients are thunderbird, netscape and outlook/express. the mail is fine, the clients hardly notice any difference. however, contacts are an issue - typically these are stored either in local mozilla abook.mab on each local/roaming profile or in ldap. i would like to unify all the various address books into a central server solution and zimbra contacts, ie personal address book, would seem to be the logical place to do this.
however looking into things it appears that only the gal is usable via ldap and even that is a pretty severe security risk currently, and the personal contacts are only available via soap api. this is crazy - all the current mail clients use ldap as the primary method of remote address books. is there way, even a hack/bodge, to allow this? is there any plans for addressing (sorry, no pun intended) this issue?