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Oracle Calendar Server Administrator's Guide
Release 5.5

Part Number B10093-01
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Oracle Calendar is scalable calendaring software, based on open standards, for efficiently scheduling people and resources. Among other features, it offers a dedicated database, real-time lookups and free-time searches, multiple time zone support and UTF-8 encoding to support international deployments, e-mail and wireless alerts, multi-platform support and an extensible Authentication, Compression and Encryption (ACE) framework for enhanced security.

The Oracle Calendar server is the back end to an integrated suite of calendaring and scheduling products. Networked users can use a desktop client (Windows, Macintosh, Motif), Web client or Microsoft Outlook to manage their calendars. Mobile users can synchronize their agendas with a variety of PDAs or, with the addition of Oracle's wireless technology, can send and receive calendar entries using a mobile phone.

Oracle Calendar is part of Oracle Collaboration Suite, offering integrated e-mail, voice mail, calendaring and wireless services. For more information on the other components of Oracle Collaboration Suite, please see Oracle's Web site or consult the relevant product documentation.

Intended Audience

This Administrator's Guide documents deployment, configuration and maintenance procedures for your calendar server. This guide is directed at any administrator whose task is the installation, configuration, use and maintenance of Oracle Calendar in general and the Oracle Calendar server in particular. It is a companion volume to the Oracle Calendar Server Reference Manual, which provides detailed information concerning configuration parameters and server administration tools.

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This manual contains eleven chapters, five appendices and a glossary:

Chapter 1

This chapter contains a basic overview of the calendar server's internal architecture.

Chapter 2

This chapter contains an overview of deployment strategies for your calendar services.

Chapter 3

This chapter contains information on using the calendar server in combination with Oracle Internet Directory.

Chapter 6

This chapter contains instructions on a variety of basic administration tasks such as starting and stopping the server.

Chapter 4

This chapter contains a discussion of calendar server databases, or "nodes".

Chapter 5

This chapter contains instructions for connecting multiple nodes together into a node network.

Chapter 7

This chapter contains information on users and user management.

Chapter 9

This chapter contains information on creating and managing calendar resources, event calendars and holidays.

Chapter 8

This chapter contains an overview of the alert services offered by the calendar server through e-mail and Oracle 9iAS Wireless.

Chapter 10

This chapter contains a discussion of maintenance procedures for the calendar server, including instructions for backing up and restoring the calendar database.

Chapter 11

This chapter contains a basic look at monitoring the operation of the calendar server through log files and utilities.

Appendix A

This appendix contains some general information on sizing and scaling points to assist in planning your deployment.

Appendix B

This appendix contains additional information on sizing, including memory usage.

Appendix C

This appendix contains some specific information about tuning operating systems to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the calendar server.

Appendix D

This appendix contains a variety of information about the security of your calendar services.

Appendix E

This appendix describes some issues concerning deploying your calendar server in an international environment.

Appendix F

This appendix contains general information regarding the Calendar Administrator, an on-line tool for administering the calendar server.


Definitions of a number of terms used in Oracle Calendar documentation.

Related Documents

For more information, see the following manuals in the Oracle Calendar documentation set:


In this manual, Windows and NT are both used to refer to the Windows95, Windows98, and Windows NT operating systems.

In examples, an implied carriage return occurs at the end of each line, unless otherwise noted. You must press the Return key at the end of a line of input.

The following conventions are also used in this manual:

Convention Meaning


Vertical ellipsis points in an example mean that information not directly related to the example has been omitted.

. . .

Horizontal ellipsis points in statements or commands mean that parts of the statement orcommand not directly related to the example have been omitted

boldface text

Boldface type in text indicates a term defined in the text, the glossary, or in both locations.

monospaced font

This typeface is used for any text that appears on the computer screen or text that you should type. It is also used for file and path names and functions.

Cmd line

Refers to a procedure executed on the command line (UNIX or NT) using a calendar server utility.


Refers to a procedure executed using the Calendar Administrator, an on-line administrative tool. Consult Appendix F, "The Calendar Administrator", for more information


Forward-slashes are used to separate directories in a path name, following UNIX syntax. For Windows operating systems, substitute back-slashes "\" for all forward-slashes unless otherwise instructed.

< >

Angle brackets enclose user-supplied names and variables.

[ ]

Brackets enclose optional clauses from which you can choose one or none.