Inside Apple's iCal Server

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The Account Information tab allows you to change the description of the calendar, username and password; updating the password may be required if Kerberos is not used or if the Mac and server are not bound to the same Open Directory domain. You can also change user availability and the interval at which the calendar's content is refreshed from the server. Availability determines free and busy time displayed to other users who may wish to schedule shared appointments or events.

The Delegation tab allows users to delegate access to their calendars to other users. It also allows users to see other calendars that they can manage -- for office managers who are coordinating other people's schedules, for instance. The Delegation tab also lets users see the level of permission they have, such as viewing details or writing events to the other user's calendar. To add or manage delegates or to remove delegation to an account, users click the Edit button in the "Manage access to my calendar" section of the tab.

When access to iCal Server has been established, a single new calendar appears in iCal's sidebar under a heading named after the description given for the account. Users can edit this calendar and create additional calendars much as they would the standard calendars stored in iCal. When creating additional calendars, use the New Calendar submenu under the File menu and select the name/description given to the account. Note: Users can have multiple iCal Server/CalDAV accounts set up in iCal, each of which appears in this menu and as a separate heading in the sidebar.

To interact with other iCal users when creating an event in iCal, users must first select the appropriate calendar in the sidebar. To add/invite users or check availability, they should double-click the new event to edit it and enter either the usernames or full names of the prospective attendees in the Additional Attendees field.

If Open Directory is properly set up for contacts and for authentication, users can alternately launch Address Book, select a user and drag the user's name to a date or event to add them as an attendee. Once included, the names will appear in a bubble, similar to the way usernames appear instead of e-mail addresses in Apple's Mail. Users can select that bubble to display an Available Meeting Times link in the event dialog or select Availability Panel from the Windows menu.

Configuration of other CalDAV clients follows a similar process to iCal, though autoconfiguration is not available and the exact names of some fields may vary. Additional information is available from the Darwin Calendar Server page.

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