Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 05, 2006 11:54 PM
I managed to connect thunderbird to our Active Directory at work and I wanted to share the tips.
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First of all, you have to gather some information.
You need to locate what is your basedn. It's locatable with Samba's net command as follows: $ net ads info note down the "Bind Path" value as your basedn and the "LDAP server" as your dc name. Mine is like "dc=EXAMPLE,dc=AD" for the basedn and COMPANY_DC as my dc. Next in line is your binddn, think of it as a username. In my company, it's set at "email@example.com" (notice the connection between what's after the @ symbol and the basedn, but it may be a coincidence).
Finally, you need to know that the port is not the normal port (eg: 389) but 3268.
Hence, in thunderbird's addressbook, do a File->New->LDAP Directory
Name: JUST_A_NAME Hostname: COMPANY_DC Base DN: dc=example,dc=ad Port Number: 3268 Bind DN: firstname.lastname@example.org
And you're done! That setting also worked somewhat with the regular Port but it would hang if I modified the search query after it had already returned data. You can also configure Thunderbird mail client to use the "global LDAP server preference for this account" to autofill the address fields when creating a new email.
Any questions should be directed at artaxerxes2 at iname dot com with the words "Thunderbird Active Directory" in the subject line.