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Configure Thunderbird for Secure LDAP

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Follow these instructions to configure Thunderbird to use secure LDAP (the Lehigh address book).

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Open the Options menu.

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Select Options.

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Select Options again.

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Select Composition, Addressing, then click the Edit Directories button.

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Select the Lehigh server, then click the Edit button.

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When the Use secure connection (SSL) box is checked, the port number automatically changes to the correct value.

Enter the following into the Bind DN field:

uid=xxxxxx,dc=lehigh,dc=edu (where xxxxxx is your User ID).

Click OK to exit the Server properties window.

click OK again to close the Options window.

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Test the secure connection to LDAP by composing an email.

Click into the To: field and type a single character. You will immediately get a prompt to authenticate.

After you enter your password, check the box below it to remember the password, then click OK.

Close the composition window.

Important note: If you don't check the box, you will be prompted for a login with each character that you type and you won't get to choose from a list of matches -- the first match will always be selected automatically.

If you don't have a checkbox on this prompt, continue to Step 8. Otherwise, go to Step 10.

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If you don't have a checkbox on this prompt, you will need to enable it. To do so, follow above Steps 1-3, then click Advanced > General. Then click the Config Editor button.

Click the box I'll be careful, I promise! to enter the configuration editor.

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In the Search box at the top of the window, type remember. This will produce several results.

Select signon.rememberSignons.

Right-click this line item, then left-click Toggle. This will change the value from false to true.

Close the about:config window.

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Remember, when you change your Lehigh password every six months, return to Thunderbird to update the saved password for LDAP.

To do this, go to the Options menu (as in Step 1), Options again, then Security, then the Passwords tab, then click the Saved Passwords button.

In the Saved passwords window, select the line item beginning with ldap, click Remove, then click Close.

You will be prompted to enter your new Lehigh password when you compose a new message.

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For additional help, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 610-758-4357 or helpdesk@lehigh.edu