ZCS connector for apple isync

ZCS Connector for Apple® iSync

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When the Zimbra Connector for Apple® iSync is installed, you can use Apple Address Book, iCal, and Microsoft® Entourage® to access the Zimbra Collaboration Suite server and synchronize data to and from the Mac.

Note: Calendar syncing integration with Entourage is only supported for OS X 10.4. Calendar syncing integration on OS X 10.5 or later is handled with CalDAV. See Zimbra Connector for Apple iSync (For Max OS 10.5+) documentation.

The Zimbra Connector for Apple iSync only supports Microsoft Office 2004 Entourage for Mac, version 11.2.3. This is the first version of Microsoft Office for Mac in which Entourage supports Mac Sync Services, the same service used by the iCal and Address Book applications for data synchronization.

The Zimbra Connector for Apple iSync plug-in uses the standard Apple package installer. It takes only a few minutes for users to install the Zimbra Connector for Apple iSync on their computers, establish the connections to the Zimbra server and set up a synchronization schedule.


ZCS Connector for Apple iSync Guide

This is a home page for the ZCS Connector for Apple iSync.

The iSync Connector synchronizes ZCS data to SyncServices on the Mac. Other clients such as iCal and Address Book synchronize with SyncServices as well. This makes data from ZCS available in the Mac's native applications.

The iSync Connector is included in the Network Edition at http://server/downloads/index.html.


For install, use the installer package. Double-click and follow the install instructions.

Some additional information on the iSync connector:

The iSync Connector just configures the iCal account - it is not part of the syncing afterwards. The syncing is always done natively in CalDAV or Apple iSync regardless of whether the iSync Connector is installed or not. For a Mac OSX 10.5 or 10.6 host, if you want to remove the connector, leave the configured accounts in iCal - and the account should continue to work by syncing using CalDAV.

From our iSync Connector PDF: Note: If you are using Leopard, you will have the option to select CalDAV for Calendars. If selected, the Zimbra Connector for Apple iSync will automatically create a CalDAV account in iCal that's connected to the user's Zimbra account. Subsequently, all event syncing is done through CalDAV, rather than Apple iSync.


For uninstalling the Zimbra Connector for Apple iSync, please run the followig command on the machine's terminal:

sudo /Library/PreferencePanes/Zimbra.prefPane/Contents/Resources/ZimbraHelper --uninstall

Under iCal preferences - go to account and remore the configured CalDAV account created by iSync (if exist).

Version Considerations

  • For Mac OSX 10.4 (Tiger), use the iSync connector for Calendar and Address Book (Contacts).
  • For Mac OSX 10.5 (Leopard), use the iSync connector only for Address Book (Contacts), and use CalDAV natively with Apple iCal for Calendar.
  • For Mac OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and later (10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion, and 10.9 Mavericks), uninstall the iSync connector altogether and do not use it. Use CalDAV natively with Apple iCal for Calendar, and use CardDAV natively with Apple Address Book for Contacts. For more information regarding the setup of CalDAV with iCal (Leopard and newer) please check http://wiki.zimbra.com/wiki/CalDAV_with_Leopard_iCal.
Verified Against: Zimbra Collaboration 7.0, 6.0 Date Created: 04/16/2014
Article ID: https://wiki.zimbra.com/index.php?title=ZCS_connector_for_apple_isync Date Modified: 2015-07-13

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