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Zentyal 4+ and syncing contacts/calendars
« on: December 09, 2015, 08:28:12 pm »
I've been Googling for days now and haven't found anything that solves my problem.  I have a Zentyal 4.2 server, well to be honest I'm beating a few of them up now getting ready to roll out a 100% no M.S. production environment.  The constant problem I've come across is that 100% of the time there is no contact syncing going on. 
All I can find are lots of posts around the web saying "I followed the Wiki" with no link to whatever Wiki, "and it worked after that".
The only Wiki I found just says (in a nutshell) do "sudo apt-get install sogo-activesync then go check the box in Mail>Openchange to turn activesync on" which is kind of a duh thing.
So I have Zentyal 4.2 all setup and configured and working.  I have the domain(s) inquestion in Zentyal DNS.  I have 100% access to my external DNS and can add any kind of DNS entry needed.  I have access to my router and I have a box wide open without a router or firewall in the way too.  My question is what do I need to do to ensure contacts will sync across devices along with calendars 100% of the time?
That's kind of a deal breaker if it's just a crap shoot thing.  Which is going to suck a lot for me since I was all sold on Zentyal and have pushed for moving a few different locations off of SBS 2003, 2007, 2011 and even MS Exchange.  I really don't want to hear "I told you so" and I sure as hell don't like the taste of eating crow, so any help on this is super welcome!
If anyone has any ideas on how the heck I can get activesync via sogo-activesync, z-push or anything else working I'd greatly appreciate it!!!
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Re: Zentyal 4+ and syncing contacts/calendars
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2016, 10:24:57 pm »
Hi,

I had several synchronisation issues with Zentyal (4.1) and Android calendar in the past.
Recently - as to say yesterday - I stumbled over http://www.sogo.nu/fr/nc/support/faq/article/calendar-synchronization-issues-on-android.html:
     "If you experience issues when synchronizing calendars on Android using CalDAV-Sync from DMFS (or any other CalDAV client), make sure you are using "WOUseRelativeURLs = YES" in your SOGo defaults."
   
In order to implement this setting within Zentyal, it is *not* sufficient to alter the /etc/sogo/sogo.conf configuration file though (because it is rewritten by Zentyal)...
So I did this modification within /usr/share/zentyal/stubs/openchange/sogo.conf.mas and added the line
    WOUseRelativeURLs = YES;
(Don't miss the ';' at line end!)

Furthermore for Windows Mail Clients (i.e. Windows 10 Mail and Outlook 2013), I assured, that the used protocol is Exchange/ActiveSync.

For my environment, this was the solution...

But it would be really nice, if that setting "WOUseRelativeURLs = YES;" could find it's way to Zentyal Defaults.
(** If any Zentyal stuff reads this, please treat this as a feature request **)

Regards,
Ludwig

PS: I've set up an appointment to walk my dog with Windows 10 Mail two hours ago and was just reminded by my Android :)

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Re: Zentyal 4+ and syncing contacts/calendars
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2016, 04:24:16 pm »
Well that's interesting news, for the record you should create the folder /etc/Zentyal/stubs/<whatever madule> and then copy the .mas file into it. 
/usr/share/Zentyal/stubs can be wipred when upgrading Zentyal, even minor upgrades like 4.0 -4.2.  The /etc/Zentyal/stubs is a means of keeping original configuration files in tact and keeping your customized ones from being destroyed when upgrading.
Beyond that I found out MAPI loves port 135, so I just opened that up in the old firewall and did some port forwarding and it's working like a champ now!
I'm going to dig a little deeper into what you've posted though and see if I can figure something more substantial out now.  Thanks a million for the info.
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