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					Mozilla Thunderbird UoL Address Book
and Calendar Connection
his document provides information for using Mozilla Thunderbird to access your
University IT account (CFS) calendar and UoL Address Book from on or off campus.


Global Address List

The UoL Address Book (University global address list -GAL) can be accessed as a
standard LDAP service.

Adding a new directory service is done through the ‘Thunderbird Preferences’
Composition window.

1. Ensure the ‘Directory Server’ option is ticked and click on the Edit Directories
button to open the ‘LDAP Directory Servers’ window.




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2. Click the Add button and a new window will open in which the directory
service’s details can be entered.




       The required settings are detailed here:

       Name                       UoL (any descriptive name for the service is
                                  suitable here)

       Hostname                   davproxy.le.ac.uk

       Base DN                    ou=people

       Port number                1389

       Bind DN                    Domain\University IT account
                                  (e.g. ‘cfs\username’)

       Use secure connectionSSL    option must be selected




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3. Click OK to close the window, then OK on the ‘LDAP Directory Servers’ window
and the address book is set.

4. On returning to the ‘Thunderbird Preferences’ window, make sure that the
newly configured directory server is set as the default one by selecting it from
the drop-down list next to the ‘Directory Server’ button.




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Calendar
In order to access the Exchange calendar the Lightning add-on for Thunderbird
must be installed.

Follow the instructions at
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/lightning/download.html to install
the latest version. As of February 2011 the current latest version is 1.0b2.

Two new icons will appear near the top right of the main Thunderbird window:
Calendar and Tasks. Click the Calendar icon and a new tab with the default
calendar view will open in the Thunderbird window. In the right-hand pane
there will be a predefined local calendar called Home which you may or may not
find useful (Lightning insists on there being at least one named calendar present,
so the Home calendar can only be deleted once another has been created).




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1. To connect to your Exchange calendar, right-click in the Calendar pane and
select New Calendar... from the menu. The ‘Create New Calendar’ window will
open; select the On the Network option and click the Next button.

2. In the ‘Create New Calendar’ window that opens, select the CalDAV format and
enter the following URI in the location field:
              https://davproxy.le.ac.uk:1080/users/USER@mail.cfs.le.ac.uk/calendar

Where USER is your University IT account (CFS) user name.

3. Click the Next button and you will be prompted for some other options. Choose
a suitable name for the calendar (your full name is a good idea to use here) and
suitable colour to use for your calendar entries. Also select the Show Alarms
option and make sure your email address is selected from the drop-down list.

On clicking Next again you will be prompted for your University IT account (CFS)
user name and password. Enter these

4. Click the Finish button. Your calendar is now active in Lightning, and any
existing entries should appear within the calendar display.




It is possible to view other peoples’ calendars (if shared) by creating a new
calendar within Lightning. Go through the same process detailed above, but
specify the user’s University IT account (CFS) user name in the location field of


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the ‘Create New Calendar’ window and their full name for the name of the
calendar. A new colour for that user’s calendar entries is a good idea too, but the
Show Alarms option should be switched off. When asked to authenticate use your
own University IT account (CFS) credentials.




Once the new calendar has been created, right click on it and select the Read Only
option.




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Points to Note
The Lightning add-on isn’t very mature. There is no user documentation at all
but there is a limited FAQ at
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/faq.html.

Try not to run Outlook and Lightning together, it is likely to cause old calendar
entries to create alarms from both applications, may cause entries to disappear
altogether and will be generally annoying.




Liam Gretton, v0.02-1 January 2012




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