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Setting up Directory Searches in Apple Address Book

RIT provides an on-line directory that allows you to search for contact information related to people connected with the campus. The RIT Directory uses LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol), which is a common method for mail programs to look up e-mail addresses.

In order to setup "Apple Mail" to search RIT's LDAP directory, you are actually setting up Apple Address Book. Mail depends upon the Address Book for directory searches. The following settings are from Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), but the same settings have been tested to work in OS 10.4 (Tiger).

  1. Launch Mail by clicking it in the Dock or by launching it directly from the "Applications" folder.
  2. Select "Preferences" from the "Address Book" menu. The Preferences panel will appear.
  3. Select the "LDAP" tab. The LDAP connections list appears.** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **
  4. Click the "+" button in the lower left of the window.** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **
  5. Enter "RIT Directory" in the "Name" field.
  6. Add "" into the "Server" field.
  7. Make sure that the Port is set to 389 and the "Use SSL" checkbox is left disabled.
  8. Type "ou=people,dc=rit,dc=edu" in the "Search Base" field.
  9. Set the "Authentication" to "Simple."
  10. In the "User name" field, enter the following text (replace <username> with your RIT username): uid=<username>,ou=people,dc=rit,dc=edu
  11. In the "Password" field, enter your RIT computer account password.
  12. Click on the "Save" button to return to the list of LDAP connections. The "RIT Directory" should be listed.** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **
  1. You may now exit the Address Book Preferences window. This completes the LDAP set up.

    NOTE: Due to an incompatibility between Apple's secure LDAP implementation and RIT's firewall and LDAP servers, directory lookups will fail from off campus unless you are connected to the network via VPN.