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How to make Messages Buddies work?

647 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 12, 2013 8:02 AM by °Bernz° RSS
°Bernz° Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Feb 24, 2013 5:59 AM

Hi everyone,


I'm running OS X Server 10.8.2 and I've enabled the "Make Group Members Messages Buddies" option under my OD groups.


However, I'm logging in and I'm not seeing any of my groups appear in Messages.


Am I understanding this option correctly? I was expecting all the members of the group "Employees" or "Sales" to see other members of their OD group (e.g. auto-populated), without the need of adding them manually. Is this how it's supposed to work?


FYI, I'm running 2 servers:


  1. 10.6.8 with OD
  2. 10.8.2 with Messages. This server is bound to my 10.6.8 server and lists my OD users and groups very well, so the connexion seems to be working fine.


Thanks for any insight on making this work!

Mac mini, OS X Server
  • stuartj257 Calculating status...
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    Mar 10, 2013 8:48 PM (in response to °Bernz°)

    Do you see the users in the group in the Buddies list? For me, they appear in the "Offline" group (since that is enabled in Messages prefs), and I see a "Workgroup" group, which I believe is from the group that Server was told to make everyone buddies in the group.


    Are you experiencing this issue with iChat on 10.7 or earlier, or Messages in 10.8, or a third party client?

  • stuartj257 Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Mar 11, 2013 11:40 PM (in response to °Bernz°)

    That is the correct place. Have you tried restarting the Messages service on the server? Have you tried removing the Messages account on your client machine and readding it? In the screenshot you gave, is "Amis" an OD group? Just to be sure, the groups and users are stored in the 10.6 OD as network users?


    I wonder if it is an issue with how/where this buddy data is stored. I think it is stored on the 10.8 Server in /Library/Server/ like the rest of the server data, but I am not familiar with how the autopopulating works with multiple servers.


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