Calendaring is an integral feature of the Nexus system. If you want to use calendaring in clients other than Microsoft Outlook, Entourage or Internet Explorer then you will need to perform further setup and configuration procedures. One method is to use Davmail and this document outlines how to use this program inconjunction with Mozilla Thunderbird, and its calendaring plugin Lightning, to access your Nexus account.
Davmail is an Exchange gateway allowing users to connect to Exchange via an alternate email/calendar client. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. This particular guide has been written using Ubuntu 9.04, Thunderbird 2.0.0.x and Lightning 0.9. It has also been tested on the beta version of Thunderbird 3 and Lightning 1.0pre.
Mozilla Lightning is an add-on for Thunderbird which adds calendaring capabilities to it.
This guide assumes that you are starting with a clean OS, with nothing but the standard security packages that come through the update manager.
Please note: You will not be able to share your calendar directly through this method.
2. Installation and configuration
2.1. Installing Davmail
To install Davmail go to: http://sourceforge.net/projects/davmail/files/
If you're using Ubuntu or another Debian based Linux distribution, you'll
want the file that ends in
.deb. Click on it, then Open
the file. It will pop up the installation box; click on
Package. This will create a link in Applications -- >
Internet --> Davmail
2.2. Configuring Davmail
Open up Davmail and it will prompt you for settings, and also put the Davmail
icon (a yellow filled circle with a white lightning bolt inside it) in your
system notification area. If it doesn't prompt you for settings, right-click
Davmail icon and go to
options should look like this:
OWA (Exchange) URL: https://davmail.nexus.ox.ac.uk/owa
Figure davmail.jpg [Exchange Protocol settings]
Davmail needs to be running on your system before starting any
email/calendaring client. We suggest that it is automatically started at
system boot time. In Ubuntu add to
Also see Alerts
N.B. In some newer versions of Ubuntu, within the Default Unity desktop for instance, there is no system tray to launch Davmail. It may be necessary for you to manually edit your Davmail properties file to configure the correct URL and Exchange protocol settings. The settings probably looks something like this:
Alternatively, you can configure the Unity desktop to display the notification area.
2.3. Installing Mozilla Thunderbird and Lightning
At the command line, type:
sudo apt-get install thunderbird xul-ext-lightning
This will create a link in Applications --> Internet --> Mozilla Thunderbird Mail/News
2.4. Configuring Thunderbird for Nexus email
You can do this by following the Thunderbird set up instructions.
2.5. Configuring Thunderbird with the calendar
Calendar. You'll see the Home calendar which it automatically creates.
Home calendarthen click on
[New calendar]. A new window will now appear.
On the Networkthen click
Next. It will ask you for a name, we recommend using your own name for this (to make it easier if you have multiple calendars showing). Once done, select
You cannot share calendars through this; however, if you have already set up shared calendars using Outlook, then you can view other people's calendars by setting up a new one, and inserting their primary email address instead (but see below Alerts).
Lightning also allows the import of .ics calendar data so it's also an option for importing data from an existing calendar to Nexus.
2.6. Configuring Thunderbird with GAL (Address lookup)
[Preferences]to bring up the
Add. Settings are as follows:
OKtwice to get back to the
Directory Serverand make sure that
[Nexus]is selected from the drop down. The
Addbutton will now become active too.
When typing emails now, it will automatically try and do a lookup on a name in the address field. (It may ask you for your password the first time; you can choose to let it remember the password.)