Thunderbird integration with MS Exchange 2007/2010 Calendar(s) and Task List(s)¶
Thunderbird integration with MS Exchange 2007/2010 Calendaring and Tasks
CERN uses Microsoft Exchange 2010 as the base of e-mail, calendaring and other services. While this platform is well integrated with Microsoft Windows clients and with Apple Mac OS X ones, some integration features were lacking for Linux clients.
This documentation outlines the setup process allowing Linux clients to benefit from integration with Microsoft Exchange 2007/2010 Calendaring and Task lists.
While the initial installation of required software is specific to CERN SLC5,SLC6 and CC7 Linux distributions, following configuration steps shall be applicable on any modern Linux platform - running at least Thunderbird 9, Ligthning 1.1 and Exchange Calendar addons.
Software installationAs of SLC 5.8, SLC 6.3 and CC 7.3 this extensions is preinstalled by default.
As root on your fully updated (if in doubt, execute as root: yum update...) SLC5, SLC6 or CC7 system run:
# yum install thunderbird-add-onsthunderbird-add-ons package will install following Thunderbird extensions on your system:
- Lightning Calendar for Thunderbird (thunderbird-lightning)
- Lightning MS Exchange 2007/2010 provider (thunderbird-lightning-exchange20072010-provider)
- Google Calendar provider (thunderbird-provider_for_google_calendar)
- Calendar Tweak extension (thunderbird-calendar-tweaks)
Configuration (Calendar/Task List)Configuration steps below need to be repeated twice for setting up both Calendar and Tasks List MS Exchange integration.
Once your calendaring and task list integration are configured , these become visible in Thunderbird main window.
|and can be accessed via Calendar and Tasks buttons.|
|Sample Calendar view (Exchange calendar events are the blue ones).|
|Sample Tasks view.|
|Today Pane view.|
Configuration (Address Book)Current versions (2.X) of this add-on supports also read-only access to MS Exchange Contacts folder. To configure it proceed as follows:
# yum install thunderbird-startupmasterand restart Thunderbird.
There is no way to refresh kerberos authentication for the calendar: the only way is to restart Thunderbird after kerberos ticket expired.