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I am trying to setup a shared address book for Thunderbird users.  I'm using Active Directory Service as the shared address book.  Problem: After setting up the LDAP connection in Thunderbird, no records are returned.

On the server, I ran LDP.exe and established an LDAP connection with Active Directory using, Connection, Connect...  Then when I clicked Connection, Bind..., I had to use "Bind with credentials" to create a successful bind.  After that, I am able to run a successful search which returns the results I want.
(I've logged in with a user name and password, NOT the admin credentials.)

However, in Thunderbird, the only two types of Login are Simple and Kerberos.  In LDP.exe 'Simple Bind' does not work for authentication, so I'm guessing that's why it doesn't work in Thunderbird.  How can I make Simple Binding work?  Or what other method can I use for the login?
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by:digitap
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Is this the procedure you used in Thunderbird?

Tools -> Options -> Composition -> Addressing
Address Autocompletion: check "Local Address Book" and "Directory Server"
Edit Directories -> Add
General:
    Name: EXAMPLE.COM
    Hostname: ldap.example.com
    Base DN: cn=users,dc=example,dc=com
    Port Number: 389
    Bind DN: billg@example.com
    (SSL is left unchecked)
Click Ok
Click Ok
Make sure the new EXAMPLE.COM directory is selected for "Directory Server"
Click Ok
Tools -> Account Settings
(Under the EXAMPLE.COM users account section) -> Composition & Addressing
Addressing: select "Use a different LDAP server."
    Set it to the new EXAMPLE.COM directory.
Click Ok
Address Book: Select the EXAMPLE.COM directory, perform a search.
    It might prompt you for a password.

Ref: http://joseph.randomnetworks.com/archives/2006/02/08/active-directory-as-ldap-address-book-for-thunderbird-outlook-and-mailapp/
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by:YAJASI
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Yes that is the procedure I used.  The search works just fine, but I have to enter my password for every search even if I click the box to have Thunderbird remember it for me.

I'm still having problems with it though.  I am not able to browse the address book, and I am not able to select a name from the address book in the To: line of a new email.
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by:YAJASI
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Sunnyc7, thanks for the link.  I checked it, but that link is about connecting to an Exchange Server.  We don't have an exchange server, but we do have Active Directory on Windows2003.  I'm trying to connect Thunderbird to that directory through LDAP.

Here is my connection string:
Hostname:server
Base DN:cn=users,dc=ourdomain,dc=org
Port: 389
Bind DN:myusername@ourdomain.org

With this connection setup, I am able to search for results.  (Thus my login is being accepted.)  However, I am not able to browse the directory through the Address Book window ... nor am I choose an entry from the To: line in a new email.  
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by:sunnyc7
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I can give you a free ldap browser
http://symlabs.com/products/ldap-browser/

but your key question is - how do you do this from thunderbird.

Not much luck there

What you can do from thunderbird is go here (from the link above)

Tools > Options > Composition > Addressing tick Automatically add outgoing e-mail address to my [ Collected Addresses ] as it's much faster than searching the server.
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It appears that what I am wanting to do is not possible then.  Thanks anyway!
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