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    [HowTo] Sync Zimbra Open Source Edition and an Android Device

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    Zimbra Calendars on an Android Device
    This guide explains how to configure calendar sync between a Zimbra Open Source Edition and an Android Device.

    A little foreword.
    Android rules. That's my opinion of course, not much to say about that anyway .
    As for my previous iThingie guide, the term CLICK will be used as a synonym for "Touch", "Select with your finger" and "Push the little scrollball if you are a lucky owner of an HTC G1 like me".
    Some apps will be needed: I'll use the free ones wherever possible and all will be available in the Android Market.
    This procedure is tested on a Motorola Milestone (Droid) with FroYo and on a HTC Dream 32A (G1) with Gingerbread, but should work on any device.

    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
    Android doesn't provide a native CalDAV interface, so we'll be using an app called AnDal - CalDAV calendar . In the Android Market you can find a free 14-day trial version, and the unlock key for such trial (3,43 EUR).
    Once installed on your phone the following steps are required to set up the sync:

    • Click on the AnDal icon in the menu.
    • You will be asked if you want to connect to a CalDAV server account. Click OK.
    • Compile the form as it follows:
      • Server: the URL of your Zimbra server
      • User Name: your email address
      • Password: your password, duh..
      • Description: a Description of the calendar - might be Work or ZimbraCalendar
    • Once the form is filled, press ok and eventually accept any "Problems with secure connection" message.
    • You are Done! After the first sync completes, you will find all the calendars in your account visible in AnDal. If you have too many calendars shared to you and want to hide some, simply enter the AnDal menu, click Calendars and hide the one you don't want to see!


    If you want to add more accounts, AnDal integrates with the default Android sync management, so Menu -> Settings -> Accounts and Sync -> Add New

    Final Thoughts
    I have to say it: AnDal is a pretty damn good app! Kudos to the guys at HyperMatrix Software!
    Last edited by Cine; 01-02-2012 at 01:50 PM.

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    Zimbra Email on an Android Device
    This guide explains how to configure IMAP access to your Zimbra email on an Android Device.

    A little foreword.
    The "terminology" foreward from the previous post still applies. However, no additional programs are needed for email configuration.
    Also, this guide is suitable only for "stock" roms (a.k.a. Sorry, sometimes custom roms customize the Settings menu a little too much and this guide doesn't apply for all of them).

    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

    • Enter your phone's menu and click on Settings
    • Select "Accounts and Sync"
    • Click on "Add Account"
    • Select "IMAP/POP3 Email"
    • Enter your email address and password. Usually server data is autodiscovered, but if the device fails to detect your server name and settings, click on Manual configuration and insert the following data:
      • Protocol: IMAP
      • Email Address
      • Username
      • Password
      • IMAP server
      • Security settings
      • Server port
    • Once all the data has been inserted, press "Next".
    • Insert your SMTP settings
    • Press "Next"
    • If your account data is validated, you'll be asked for an Account Name. This is how the account will be displayed in your mobile phone settings.
    • Click on "Complete Installation". The account has been created and it should be visible in the Accounts and Sync page of the Settings menu

    If you want to add more accounts, just repeat the procedure (so Menu -> Settings -> Accounts and Sync -> Add New)

    Final Thoughts
    While kinda old the IMAP protocol is stable and easy to configure, so it's your best shot if you don't need advanced features.
    Last edited by Cine; 01-02-2012 at 02:14 PM.

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    [reserved for Address Books sync]
    Last edited by Cine; 01-02-2012 at 02:10 PM.


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