How to Set Up Users’ Client Devices to Share Contacts in Lion Server - dummies

How to Set Up Users’ Client Devices to Share Contacts in Lion Server

By John Rizzo

You need to configure the client devices to connect to Address Book Server in Lion. You will need to configure both Macs and iOS devices. Setting up Windows CardDAV clients depends on the third-party software you use.

You can also use Profile Manager to accomplish some client configuration tasks from the server for Lion clients and iOS devices.

Set up a user’s Address Book client

Enabling a user’s Address Book (version 5 or 6) to access Address Book Server is referred to as binding the client to the server. After you bind, users are authenticated from Open Directory or Kerberos. To bind from the user’s Address Book client in Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7:

  1. Launch Address Book on the Mac client machine.

  2. Click the Address Book menu and select Preferences.

  3. Click the Accounts icon in the toolbar and then click the Add (+) button.

    The Add Account dialog slides down.

  4. From the Account Type pop-up menu, choose CardDAV.


  5. Type the username, password, and server hostname.

    For example, type

  6. Click the Create button.

    The account is now in the Accounts list at the left of the preferences window. When selected, the window displays the account information.

In the Mac OS X 10.7 client, this window is almost identical except that the Refresh Contacts menu has been renamed Fetch.


If you click the Server Settings tab, you can turn on SSL for this client’s connection to Address Book Server. You can also change the port number (use 8843 for SSL).

In the Address Book 6 client in Lion, the server appears in the left page as an entry below the On My Mac area. When selected, it turns blue, and the names stored on the server are displayed on the right. The user can search the Address Book Server and Open Directory in the search field. The user can also add a new contact to the server by choosing File→New Card.

Address Book Client 5 in Mac OS X 10.6 looks and works differently. The Address Book Server appears as a group with the user’s name. The user can select it and click the Add (+) button in the Name column. The other users can now see this contact.

Additionally, an All Directories group appears, with the new group (on Address Book Server) and the network directory both colored blue. You use these for searching. Click Directory Services, and you can search Open Directory from the search field.


Set up an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch

To enable a device running iOS 4.0 and later to access Address Book Server, do the following:

  1. Tap the Settings app.

  2. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

  3. Under Accounts, tap Add Account.

  4. Tap Other.

  5. Under Contacts, tap Add CardDAV Account.

  6. Type the Address Book Server’s DNS name and the username and password in the appropriate fields.

    Once connected, the Address Book Server shows up in the iOS device’s Contacts app, under Groups.