How do I configure Outlook or Outlook Express to connect to the Softalk Mail Server LDAP Directory?

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The Softalk Mail Server LDAP Directory can record the names and email addresses of all contacts within messages sent and received through Softalk Mail Server. These can then be accessed through their mail clients. Individual contacst can also be added manually in the Administrator.

Note: In WorkgroupMail v7 the LDAP Directory was called the Shared Address Book plug-in

Detail

Configuring Outlook Express

To configure Outlook Express, select Accounts from the Tools menu and select the Directory Service page. Press the Add button and select Directory Service… from the sub menu. The Internet Connection wizard is displayed showing the Internet Directory Server Name page.

In the Internet directory (LDAP) server field, enter the IP address or name of the computer which runs Softalk Mail Server. Ensure that the option ‘My LDAP server requires me to log on’ is NOT ticked. Press Next to continue. In the Check E-mail Addresses page, ensure that you select the Yes radio button. Press Next and then Finish.

To test the connection, open up a new Compose window and enter into the To: field the first few letters of the name of a recipient that exists in the Shared Address Book. When you press Ctrl+K, Outlook Express will lookup and complete the name, assigning it an e-mail address.

Configuring Outlook XP

Select E-mail Accounts from the Tools menu. Click ‘Add a new Directory or Address Book’ and click Next. Choose ‘Internet Directory Service (LDAP) and click Next.

Enter the IP address or name of the computer which runs Softalk Mail Server. Ensure that ‘This server requires me to log on’ is NOT ticked. Click ‘More Settings’ and Change the name of the server. Set the port number to be the same as that configured in the LDAP Directory in the Softalk Mail Server Administrator. Press OK to continue and then click Next, Finish.

To test the connection, open up a new Compose window and enter into the To: field the first few letters of the name of a recipient that exists in the Shared Address Book. When you press Ctrl+K, Outlook XP will lookup and complete the name, assigning it an e-mail address.

Configuring Outlook 2000

Ensure that Outlook is configured for Corporate mode (for versions Outlook 2000 or less). Select Services… from the Tools menu. The Services dialog box will appear. Press the Add… button and select Microsoft LDAP Directory from the Add Service to Profile dialog box. Press OK. The LDAP Directory Service dialog box is displayed. Enter the IP address of the computer which runs WorkgroupMail into the Server Hostname field. Press OK.

To test the connection, open up a new Compose window and enter into the To: field the first few letters of the name of a recipient that exists in the LDAP Directory. When you press Ctrl+K, Outlook will lookup and complete the name, assigning it an e-mail address.

Note: If an event is written to the Softalk Mail Server event log when the Softalk Mail Server server is started which states “Failed to start the LDAP directory service”, then you should consider changing the port used for the LDAP Directory from 389 to another number (e.g. 8389), since port 389 is probably already in use. You will need to change this in the Settings page of the LDAP Directory property sheet in the Softalk Mail Server Administrator. You will also need to change the server port number in the Advanced page of the directory service property sheet of each mail client.

If the LDAP Directory server fails to start up or if the settings in your mail client are incorrect then the mail client will give an error message on startup, indicating that the LDAP server could not be contacted. In the absence of this error it can be assumed that the mail client has successfuly made contact with the Softalk Mail Server LDAP Directory server.

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