[HowTo] Sync Zimbra Open Source Edition and an iPhone/iPad
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    [HowTo] Sync Zimbra Open Source Edition and an iPhone/iPad

    Experience advanced mobile functions with ZeXtras Mobile - Push emails and calendars, attachment management and much more!
    Zimbra Calendars on iPhone/iPad/iPod

    This guide explains how to configure calendar sync between a Zimbra Open Source Edition and an iPhone (or any iSomething with CalDAV capabilites, including iPods and iPads)

    A little foreword
    I'd like to explain a couple of things before we start..
    First, I'll use the iDevice term to describe any Apple device running on iOS 3.1+
    Second, I'll use the term CLICK. Sorry for that, but I can't suite myself with the 'touch this' or 'touch that' terminology. This is a serious post :P

    How Calendar Synchronization works (without Zimbra Mobile ofc)

    Synchronizing your Zimbra Calendar (or Address Book, but that'll be covered in another tutorial)to your iDevice is pretty easy via the CalDAV protocol.

    Quote from the CalDAV page on Wikipedia.
    Calendaring Extensions to WebDAV, or CalDAV, is an Internet standard allowing a client to access scheduling information on a remote server. It extends WebDAV (HTTP-based protocol for data manipulation) specification and uses iCalendar format for the data. The protocol is defined by RFC 4791. It allows multiple client access to the same information thus allowing cooperative planning and information sharing. Many server and client applications support the protocol.
    Configuring the Sync

    • From the Dashboard, enter the "Settings" menu
    • Click on "Mail, Contacts, Calendars"
    • Select "Add Account"
    • Choose "Other"
    • Click on "Add CalDAV Account
    • Fill the requested data
      • Server - The address of your Zimbra Server
      • User Name - Your email address
      • Password - Your Zimbra password
      • Description - A description for the account, e.g. Zimbra Calendars or Work
    • Press "Next" and eventually press "Continue" for the "Cannot connect using SSL" message. Your data will be verified.
    • If the data you entered is correct the new account should be visible on the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" view.


    Enable Calendar Visualization
    • Enter the Calendar app
    • A new label, named after the Description of the account you just created, should be visible together with a list of all the calendars in your Zimbra account (both yours and shared to you)
    • Click on a calendar name to enable/disable that calendar from the view.
    • Press "Done" to return to the calendar overview. Appointments from all the selected calendars should be visible. If not, create a test event to force the first sync between your iDevice and your Zimbra Server



    Final Thoughts
    CalDAV is a stable and well-supported protocol, and using it for the synchronization between Zimbra and your mobile device allows you to work on all the calendars of your Zimbra account.. Pretty neat, huh?


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    Last edited by Cine; 01-02-2012 at 01:51 PM.

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    Zimbra Address Books on iPhone/iPad/iPod

    This guide explains how to configure Address Book sync between a Zimbra Open Source Edition and an iPhone.

    A little foreword
    See the foreword of the first post.. The "Click" and "iDevice" terms are used..

    How Address Books Synchronization works

    Synchronizing your Zimbra Address Book to your iDevice is pretty easy via the CardDAV protocol.

    Quote from the CardDAV page on Wikipedia.
    CardDAV is an address book client/server protocol designed to allow users to access and share contact data on a server.

    The CardDAV protocol is being developed by the IETF and is currently an internet draft. CardDAV is based on WebDAV, which is based on HTTP and it uses vCard for contact data
    Configuring the Sync

    • From the Dashboard, enter the "Settings" menu
    • Click on "Mail, Contacts, Calendars"
    • Select "Add Account"
    • Choose "Other"
    • Click on "Add CardDAV Account
    • Fill the requested data
      • Server - The address of your Zimbra Server
      • User Name - Your email address
      • Password - Your Zimbra password
      • Description - A description for the account, e.g. Zimbra Address Book or Work
    • Press "Next" and eventually press "Continue" for the "Cannot connect using SSL" message. Your data will be verified.
    • If the verification fails, double check your data. If it still fails, check the "port" field in Advanced Settings. Should be 80 for HTTP or 443 for HTTPS.
    • If the data you entered is correct the new account should be visible on the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" view.


    Browse the Address Books
    • Enter the Contacts app
    • A new label, named after the Description of the account you just created, should be visible together with a list of all the Address Books in your Zimbra account (both yours and shared to you)
    • Click on an Address Book name to browse it.



    Final Thoughts
    I find CardDAV share very comfortable to use for work meaning.. I have all the phone numbers and email addresses I need while my personal address book remains nice and tidy!


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    Last edited by Cine; 01-02-2012 at 01:51 PM.

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    Zimbra Email on iPhone/iPad/iPod

    This guide explains how to configure IMAP access to your Zimbra email on an iDevice.

    A little foreword
    The foreword for the first post applied here too

    What is IMAP
    Quote from the IMAP page on wikipedia
    Internet message access protocol (commonly known as IMAP) is one of the two most prevalent Internet standard protocols for e-mail retrieval, the other being the Post Office Protocol (POP). Virtually all modern e-mail clients and mail servers support both protocols as a means of transferring e-mail messages from a server.
    Configuring IMAP
    • From the Dashboard, enter the "Settings" menu
    • Click on "Mail, Contacts, Calendars"
    • Select "Add Account"
    • Select "Other"
    • Select "Mail Account"
    • Fill the requested data
      • Server - The address of your Zimbra Server
      • User Name - Your email address
      • Password - Your Zimbra password
      • Description - A description for the account, e.g. Zimbra Email or Work Email
    • Press "Next" and eventually press "Continue" for the "Cannot connect using SSL" message. Your data will be verified.
    • If the verification fails, double check your data. If it still fails, check the "port" field in Advanced Settings. Should be 80 for HTTP or 443 for HTTPS.
    • If the data you entered is correct the new account should be visible on the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" view.


    Enjoy!
    Last edited by Cine; 01-02-2012 at 01:52 PM.

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