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I am looking for a simple solution to allow for the bi-directional syncing of a public contacts folder between about 15 clients which all run Apple Address Book on Leopard. So far, we have been using Kerio to manage Mail and iCal (with the new caldav support) with much success, but our office address book hasn't been part of this. I have tested Kerio Sync Connector and the "Synchronize with Exchange" feature of Address Book. While I can get both to work for bi-directional syncs of private users contact folders, neither seem to allow these syncs to a public contacts folder.

I'm looking for the simplest way to do this as we do not require use of individual contact folders - our office is fairly small and open with information, so all contacts are public. Ideally, a single public contacts folder should allow for bi-directional syncs from client machines and access to all users through webmail when out of the office. If it works well for single user contact folders, it would seem that I should be able to sync a single public folder somehow. Is there any solution out there for this or is it hopeless at the moment with Address Book? Many thanks for any help.

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I don't actually have Kerio yet but I am trying to set something like this up in Entourage. What may work is to abandon the concept of public folders entirely. I suggest creating a new Kerio account called addresses<_a.t_> and having everybody sync to that.

Just as a side note, in Entourage it is possible to open contact folders that belong to other accounts. I can go into the "addresses" account and give other users read and write permission. That way the users can have their own address book which syncs with Kerio server along with the improvised "addresses" public address book.

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Bumping this thread, as I have the same exact question...

I have been trying to get public contacts to sync to Address Book. Syncing an individual user's contacts to Address Book is quite useless for us, but it seems to be the only thing I am able to do.

I am able to get public contacts through LDAP, but this only works if I am searching for a particular name. I can't browse through contacts, and I can't edit them, even though I've set all users to have read/write access to the public contacts folder.

All I want is a simple way for everybody to be able to see and edit the same public contacts folder, using Address Book. We were hoping to avoid using Entourage. Is there a way?

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"I suggest creating a new Kerio account called addresses<_a.t_> and having everybody sync to that."

i was thinking of trying that out for simplicity-sake and then have clients connected via Exchange... but won't any added address any one person adds to their addressbook get added to *everyones* addressbook?

some people use addressbook for personal addresses etc. most people don't use it at all.

obviously i don't want them all co-mingling.
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