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iPlanet Calendar Server Administrator's Guide

About This Guide

This guide explains how to administer iPlanet™ Calendar Server and its accompanying software components. Calendar Server provides a scalable, Web-based solution for centralized calendaring and scheduling for enterprises and service providers. Calendar Server supports personal calendars as well as group and resource scheduling. Topics in this chapter include:

Who Should Read This Guide

This guide is intended for administrators and support specialists who are responsible for administering and configuring iPlanet Calendar Server at their site.

What You Need to Know

Before you install and administer iPlanet Calendar Server, you must be familiar with the following concepts:

  • Basic administrative procedures of your operating system (Solaris™ Operating Evironment, other UNIX® system, or Windows NT system)

  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), if you plan to use an LDAP directory server to store user information

How This Guide is Organized

Table 1    Organization of the iPlanet Calendar Server Administrator's Guide

Chapter or Appendix


About This Guide (this chapter)  

Describes the audience, requirements, organization, document conventions, and related information.  

Chapter 1 "Introduction to iPlanet Calendar Server"  

Provides a high-level overview of iPlanet Calendar Server, including the components, architecture, interfaces, and protocols.  

Chapter 2 "Managing Calendar Server Users and Calendars"  

Describes how to deploy and manage Calendar Server users and calendars.  

Chapter 3 "Managing the Calendar Server"  

Describes the general Calendar Server tasks such as starting and stopping services and configuring the server.  

Chapter 4 "Managing Calendar Server Access Control"  

Describes how the Calendar Server uses Access Control Lists (ACLs) to determine the access control for calendars, calendar properties, and calendar components.  

Chapter 5 "Managing Calendar Server Databases"  

Describes how to administer and maintain the Calendar Server databases and data.  

Chapter 6 "Backing Up and Restoring Calendar Server Data"  

Describes how to back up and restore Calendar Server data.  

Chapter 7 "Calendar Server Command-Line Utilities"  

Describes the Calendar Server command-line utilities, including the commands, options, values, syntax, usage rules, and examples.  

Chapter 8 "Calendar Server Configuration"  

Describes the parameters you can configure for the Calendar Server.  

Appendix A "Monitoring Tools"  

Lists system tools you can use to monitor the Calendar Server environment.  

Appendix B "Time Zones"  

Describes how Calendar Server processes time zones and how to add a new time zone table or modify the time zone tables supplied.  


Describes Calendar Server terms.  


Document Conventions Used in This Guide

This guide uses conventions for the Solaris operating environment. If you are running the Calendar Server on another UNIX system or a Windows NT system, use the file path equivalents for your operating system whenever Solaris file paths are shown.

Monospaced Font

The Monospaced Font typeface is used for any text that appears on the computer screen or text that you should type. It is also used for file names, distinguished names, functions, and examples.

Italicized Font

The Italicized Font typeface represents text that you enter using information unique to your installation. It is used for server directory paths and names. For example, in this guide you will see directory path references in the form:


In these situations, server-root represents the directory where you installed the Calendar Server. For example:

  • The default installation directory on Solaris uses the path /opt/SUNWics5/cal as the server-root for the software files. Therefore, if you choose the default installation directory, server-root/cal represents:


  • On Unix systems other than Solaris, the default installation directory is /opt/iPlanet/CalendarServer5/cal, where server-root/cal represents:


  • On Windows NT, the default installation directory is c:\Program Files\iPlanet\CalendarServer5\cal, where server-root/cal represents:

    c:\Program Files\iPlanet\CalendarServer5\cal

Square Brackets [  ]

Square (or straight) brackets [ ] enclose optional parameters. For example, the syntax for the csdb utility check command is: csdb check [dbdir]

The dbdir parameter is optional. If you omit dbdir, the csdb utility uses the current directory specified in the ics.conf file.

Vertical Bar (|)

A vertical bar (|) separates alternatives in a horizontal list. For example, the syntax for the csdb utility create or delete command uses the vertical bar to specify various options you can use:

csdb [-q|-v] [-t caldb|sessdb|statdb] create|delete [dbdir]

Command-Line Prompts

Command-line prompts (such as % for a C-Shell or $ for a Korn or Bourne shell) are not shown in the examples in this guide. The actual prompt you will see depends on the operating system you are using. Unless specifically noted, enter each command as it appears in this document.

Where to Find Related Information

iPlanet Calendar Server includes documentation for administrators, developers, and end users. In addition to this guide, the following Calendar Server documents are available in PDF and HTML formats on the iPlanet documentation Web site:

  • iPlanet Calendar Server Installation Guide

  • iPlanet Calendar Server Programmer's Manual

  • iPlanet Calendar Server Release Notes

  • iPlanet Messaging and Collaboration Event Notification Service Manual

For end users, online help is available from Calendar Express.

To view all of the Calendar Server documentation, see the following Web site:

Where to Find This Guide Online

This guide is available online in PDF and HTML formats at:

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