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Aaron Scott Calculating status...
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Nov 4, 2007 9:19 PM
Does anybody know how to setup iCal to access the group calendars that are available through the wiki.

I have successfully setup the client app to access the users calendar, but need to access the group calendar via iCal as well (if possible)
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  • mike.habermeier Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 5, 2007 9:02 AM (in response to Aaron Scott)
    Hallo Aaron,

    i am in the same position like you. It seems to me that it is not allowed to change the group calendar. It is possible to edit it in the web interface. But not in iCal. You only can make this with the users calendar on the server. I really was unable to edit or configure the group calendar showing up in iCal. Only the Users calendars. That works perfect.

    By the way. Did someone test it with Mozilla Sunbird to edit the calendars. I can not setup it up to run.
    Any ideas.

    Sorry for my bad english. I am from germany

    Thanx Mike
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  • Jonathan Cipriani Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Nov 5, 2007 11:39 AM (in response to Aaron Scott)
    Unfortunately, according to pages 74 and 75 of the Web Technologies Admin guide:

    "You can subscribe to a web calendar in iCal and configure your iCal calendar to retrieve
    updates from the web calendar. In iCal, the web calendar is read-only, so you can't edit
    it."

    It looks like you will be unable to make edits using iCal.
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  • ChaseW Calculating status...
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    Nov 5, 2007 4:16 PM (in response to Aaron Scott)
    I agree with you Aaron. I think this is a big oversight. The only work around I have come up with is to use the directory to make a common resource or location then delegate that calendar's access to a group (or group of everyone). you can't get to it through the wiki page, but everyone can edit it in ical.
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  • Jonathan Cipriani Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Nov 5, 2007 8:21 PM (in response to mike.habermeier)
    Go to accounts in the preferences of iCal, add a new account, enter a description (your choice), enter a username and password (that has read/write access to the calendar), and enter http://my.server.com:8008/principals/groups/groupshortname/. I could then edit the primary calender from ical and add secondary calendars (though the secondary calendars were not viewable on the website).

    For read only access just subscribe.
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  • mike.habermeier Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 5, 2007 11:12 PM (in response to Aaron Scott)
    But.. you always have the chance that one user can create more than one icals! one for the workgroup, classrooms. Whatever. The Problem seems to me that the syncrhonisation between wik calendar and ical calendar gets corrupt.

    So it makes a little bit sense to me.. My workflow is now based on the users calendar and calendars who means group..
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  • Jonathan Cipriani Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Nov 6, 2007 2:01 PM (in response to mike.habermeier)
    To get it to work in Sunbird go to File > Subscribe to Remote Calendar > Choose on the Network > Choose CalDAV > In the location field enter http://my.server.com:8008/calendars/groups/groupshortname/calendar/ > Name your calendar > click done. (At least these are instructions for the mac version of sunbird).
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  • mike.habermeier Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 6, 2007 11:38 PM (in response to Jonathan Cipriani)
    Hallo Jonathan.

    This was really perfect.. That works like a charm.

    Thanx Jonathan for you help!!!


    Mike
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  • mike.habermeier Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 7, 2007 7:37 AM (in response to Jonathan Cipriani)
    Hallo Jonathan.

    Thanx for your help.
    It works like a charm. Thanx for your help!!

    Mike
    MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • FSJ Jeff Calculating status...
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    Nov 8, 2007 9:29 AM (in response to Jonathan Cipriani)
    The docs may say it's read only, but I just set it up on my test network and I can add/edit events in iCal, and the changes show up on the Web calendar. Perhaps they made some last minute changes after docs were finalized? Either way, I think it's good news.
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  • Sven-Goran Ljungholm Calculating status...
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    Nov 9, 2007 11:26 PM (in response to FSJ Jeff)
    This got me running but now more issues for me.

    1. When I subscribe I get a calendar named calendar. I renamed it to mygroupcalendar and it broke the link. Renamed it back with no luck.

    2. Another group cal is working but the changes I make on the wiki page to the calendar do not take. I get an error.

    Error from server: Error processing calendar data (210)
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  • shutyourpiehole was taken Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Nov 14, 2007 4:07 AM (in response to Aaron Scott)
    I agree!! What he said! Would it be so hard to make a simple, group editable calendar? sheesh.
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  • Bytesmiths Calculating status...
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    Nov 14, 2007 10:51 PM (in response to Jonathan Cipriani)
    Thanks for that, Jonathan, but it appears to have a problem: you apparently can't use the Address Panel if you fill in the Account URL field, and all the attendees I fill in to events aren't "real" they have little exclams before their name, instead of check marks.

    It seems that the Address Panel only works with accounts that have "Automatically discover server address" checked, and each account for which you have that checked must have a different Username -- you can't use a group name.

    I suppose you could set up dummy user names so you could access the groups somehow, AND have the Address Panel working properly...

    It's too bad this stuff doesn't work better. I'll bet it doesn't get better before the next "kitty" release, 18-24 months from now...
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