How do I set up my email software to use the campus directory (LDAP)?

You can use your email program to access UCI's electronic phonebook through LDAP. LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is a set of protocols for accessing information directories. To use this service, configure your email program with the settings below.

Note: This will not work if you are off-campus unless you first enable the VPN. Visit oit.uci.edu/vpn for info on how to download and configure the VPN.

Thunderbird for Windows

Step 1: Set up Thunderbird to use UCI's LDAP server

  1. Launch Thunderbird.
  2. From the Tools menu, select Account Settings. (See Figure 1)
    Tools > Account Setttings
    Figure 1
  3. Select Composition & Addressing from your UCI Email account. (See Figure 2)
  4. In the Addressing section, select the Use a different LDAP server radio button.
  5. Click the Edit Directories button next to the None drop down menu.
    Composition & Addressing
    Figure 2
  6. Click the Add button in LDAP window. (See Figure 3)
    Add Server
    Figure 3
  7. Under the General tab, fill in the following information (See Figure 4):
    1. Name: UCI Phone Book
      (This can be any name you choose.)
    2. Hostname: ldap.service.uci.edu
    3. Base DN: ou=University of California Irvine,o=University of California,c=US
      (Type this in exactly or copy and paste.)
    4. Port Number: 389
      Directory Server PropertiesFigure 4
    5. Click OK to exit the LDAP configuration window. Click OK to close the LDAP Server window.
    6. Back in the Addressing section, select the new UCI Phone Book entry from the drop down menu. (See Figure 5)
      Addressing
      Figure 5
    7. Click OK to close the Settings window.

Step 2: Using LDAP in Thunderbird

  1. Compose a new message in Thunderbird by clicking the Write icon or selecting File > New > Message.
  2. Type the name of your recipient in the To field.
  3. Thunderbird will start searching the directory and display a list of people who match your search criteria. (See Figure 6)
  4. Select the person to whom you want to send your message from the list.
    Compose
    Figure 6
  5. If Thunderbird does not search the directory, make sure the UCI Phone Book is selected in Addressing in Step 6 above. Also, remember, the directory lookup only works on campus or when using the VPN.

Thunderbird for Apple

Step 1: Set up Thunderbird to use UCI's LDAP server

  1. Launch Thunderbird.
  2. From the Tools menu, select Account Settings. (See Figure 1)
    Tools > Account Settings
    Figure 1
  3. Select Composition & Addressing from your UCI Email account. (See Figure 2)
  4. In the Addressing section, select the Use a different LDAP server radio button.
  5. Click the Edit Directories button next to the None drop down menu.
    Edit Directories
    Figure 2
  6. Click the Add button in LDAP window. (See Figure 3)
    Add LDAP Directory
    Figure 3
  7. Under the General tab, fill in the following information (See Figure 4):
    1. Name: UCI Phone Book
      (This can be any name you choose.)
    2. Hostname: ldap.service.uci.edu
    3. Base DN: ou=University of California Irvine,o=University of California,c=US
      (Type this in exactly or copy and paste.)
    4. Port Number: 389
      General Settings
      Figure 4
    5. Click OK to exit the LDAP configuration window. Click OK to close the LDAP Server window.
    6. Back in the Addressing section, select the new UCI Phone Book entry from the drop down menu. (See Figure 5)
      Addressing
      Figure 5
    7. Click OK to close the Settings window.

Step 2: Using LDAP in Thunderbird

  1. Compose a new message in Thunderbird by clicking the Write icon or selecting File > New > Message.
  2. Type the name of your recipient in the To field.
  3. Thunderbird will start searching the directory and display a list of people who match your search criteria. (See Figure 6)
  4. Select the person to whom you want to send your message from the list.
    Compose
    Figure 6
  5. If Thunderbird does not search the directory, make sure the UCI Phone Book is selected in Addressing in Step 6 above. Also, remember, the directory lookup only works on campus or when using the VPN.

Apple Mail

Tested with Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Select Internet Accounts
    Internet Accounts
  3. Select Add Other Account at the bottom of the list
    Add Other Account
  4. Select the "Add an LDAP account" radio button and click Create
    Create an LDAP Account
  5. Type in a description, for example UC Irvine
  6. Search base: ou=University of California Irvine,o=University of California,c=US
  7. Scope: Subtree
  8. Server address: ldap.service.uci.edu
  9. Server Options: Port = 389 (or you can leave it set to Auto)
  10. Use SSL: Uncheck the box
  11. Authentication: None
  12. Click Create.
    Server Settings

Using LDAP in Apple Mail

  1. Compose a new message
  2. In the To field, start typing a name. Apple Mail will use the online directory to find persons matching the name you type.
    Search for person

Server Settings for Advanced Use

  • Server: ldap.service.uci.edu
  • Search root: ou=University of California Irvine,o=University of California,c=US
  • Port: 389