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Using LDAP in Mac OS X Mail

LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is a means for searching directories. Using LDAP in Mail means you can search for e-mail addresses easily from the Mail application. This page is based on the page at UC Irvine..

Instructions for enabling LDAP

  1. In the Mail application, select Preferences under the Mail menu
  2. In the Preferences window, select Composing (see below)
  3. Check the "Lookup addresses in network directories" box.
  4. Click the Edit Server List... button
  5. Click the Add Server button.
  6. Double-click in the Service name field, type: University of Toronto
  7. Double-click in the Host name field, type: ldap.utoronto.ca
  8. Double-click in the Search Base field, type: o=University of Toronto,c=CA
  9. Your window should look like the picture below. If so, click Close

When you type a name or email address, "Searching..." should appear to the right as you type. If the server only finds one name, it will fill in the field automatically. If the server finds multiple names, Mail first suggests one you use frequently, and a second or two later a list of other matches will appear in a pop down menu.

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This page was last updated on 2002-08-18 23:23