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    LAN Instant Messaging

    We are looking at options for improving communication withon the school and are considering looking at LAN/Intranet instant messaging.

    One that has caught my attention is Jabber server, does anyone here use this or similar?

    http://www.jabber.org/

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    I have used a Jabber based system called OpenFire from Jive Software. This is free open source software.

    however we are now evaluating office comms server 2007

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    I've just installed Openfire (links into active directory and uses SQL Express 2005 database) with Spark IM clients.
    Works perfectly, just got to get more staff using it now

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    The jabber server mentioned in my signature runs on openfire. Stable, easy to manage, easy to integrate with AD etc... Ideal for in school use.

    One of my coding projects is a little jabber client that automatically logs in and can only receive Jabber messages (not chats) - so then a network admin can send out messages easily and securely. Should be fairly easy using either Java or c# (probably the latter to ease windows integration).

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    Someone else has recommended this it's free for upto 100 users and is supposedly well supported commercial software. It also links into Active Directory.

    http://www.coversant.net/products/server/pricing.aspx

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    @ localzuk

    I'll take a look at openfire.

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    I've downloaded openfire but i'm having trouble getting the active directory communication setup, any tips?

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    Are you familiar with LDAP? Have you looked at this?

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    Yep i am i think i've sorted it now though, i had the Enable SSL connections to your LDAP server selected.

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    Sigh ok i seem to of come unstuck on the group mappings area, if i enter the ldap location of our groups it fails or a specific group fails as well. Have i got the wrong end of the stick here?

    Cheers.

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    Update i've managed to get it working and i can now see all of the users in our domain but i'm still having trouble viewing groups so i don't think i got that last setting right.

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    Ok i've managed to get it all setup and have added a group.

    When i open the console i see 1000 users displayed is there a way to limit this to just the users in my approved group. I also notice that anyone with a domain user account can use the server not just the users in the approved group.
    Is there a way to prevent this?

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    Ok i've got her installed and working now.

    Richie_OLSJ what are you using it for at the moment, is the intention to allow teachers to communicate with you from the classroom or with each other between rooms? or both

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    We currently use Spark and Openfire but have added users manually. This means another password to remember. Since the launch of the GLPI HelpDesk I rolled out, i've wanted to also resetup openfire to talk to AD.

    I struggled as all users link into it and I cant seem to get the groups right. Also, does Spark allow usernames with a SPACE in the name?

    Because when I added users manually, I could not put a space in the usernames?

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    Re: LAN Instant Messaging

    I'll try a user with a space in it.

    I created a new OU then put the openfire user in there that i use to connect to Active Directory, then created a group in the same OU this way any user that i add to this group is automatically added as an openfire user due to the group filter.

    Don't think i've left anything that matters in here :-) let me know if i have

    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    
    <!--
        This file stores bootstrap properties needed by Openfire.
        Property names must be in the format: "prop.name.is.blah=value"
        That will be stored as:
            <prop>
                <name>
                    <is>
                        <blah>value</blah>
                    </is>
                </name>
            </prop>
    
        Most properties are stored in the Openfire database. A
    	property viewer and editor is included in the admin console.
    -->
    
    <jive> 
      <adminConsole> 
          
        <port>-1</port>  
        <securePort>9091</securePort> 
      </adminConsole>  
      <admin> 
        <!-- Use this section to define users that will have admin privileges. Below,
              you will find two ways to specify which users are admins. Admins will
              have access to the admin console (only local users) and may have also access
              to other functionalities like ad-hoc commands. -->  
        <!-- By default, only the user with the username "admin" can login
             to the admin console. Alternatively, you can specify a comma-delimitted
             list usernames that should be authorized to login to the admin console
             by setting the <authorizedUsernames> field below. -->  
          
        <!-- Comma-delimitted list of bare JIDs. The JIDs may belong to local
             or remote users. -->  
          
        <authorizedUsernames>me,him,her</authorizedUsernames> 
      </admin>  
      <locale>en</locale>  
      <!-- Network settings. By default, Openfire will bind to all network interfaces.
          Alternatively, you can specify a specific network interfaces that the server
          will listen on. For example, 127.0.0.1. This setting is generally only useful
           on multi-homed servers. -->  
      <!--
        <network>
            <interface></interface>
        </network>
        -->  
      <connectionProvider> 
        <className>org.jivesoftware.database.DefaultConnectionProvider</className> 
      </connectionProvider>  
      <database> 
        <defaultProvider> 
          <driver>com.mysql.jdbc.Driver</driver>  
          <serverURL>jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/openfire</serverURL>  
          <username>openfire</username>  
          <password>XXXXXXXXXXX</password>  
          <minConnections>5</minConnections>  
          <maxConnections>100</maxConnections>  
          <connectionTimeout>1.0</connectionTimeout> 
        </defaultProvider> 
      </database>  
      <ldap> 
        <host>server1</host>  
        <port>389</port>  
        <baseDN>ou=THE Users;dc=domain,dc=sch,dc=uk</baseDN>  
        <adminDN>cn=openfire,ou=openfire,ou=THE Users,dc=domain,dc=sch,dc=uk</adminDN>  
        <adminPassword>XXXXXXXXX</adminPassword>  
        <connectionPoolEnabled>true</connectionPoolEnabled>  
        <sslEnabled>false</sslEnabled>  
        <ldapDebugEnabled>false</ldapDebugEnabled>  
        <autoFollowReferrals>false</autoFollowReferrals>  
        <usernameField>sAMAccountName</usernameField>  
        <searchFilter>(memberOf=CN=openfireusers,ou=openfire,ou=THE Users,dc=domain,dc=sch,dc=uk)</searchFilter>  
        <vcard-mapping><![CDATA[
    <vCard xmlns="vcard-temp">
      <N>
        <GIVEN>{cn}</GIVEN>
      </N> 
      <EMAIL>
        <INTERNET/> 
        <USERID>{mail}</USERID>
      </EMAIL> 
      <FN>{displayName}</FN> 
      <PHOTO>
        <TYPE>image/jpeg</TYPE> 
        <BINVAL>{jpegPhoto}</BINVAL>
      </PHOTO> 
      <ADR>
        <HOME/> 
        <STREET>{homePostalAddress}</STREET> 
        <PCODE>{homeZip}</PCODE> 
        <CTRY>{co}</CTRY>
      </ADR> 
      <ADR>
        <WORK/> 
        <STREET>{streetAddress}</STREET> 
        <LOCALITY>{l}</LOCALITY> 
        <REGION>{st}</REGION> 
        <PCODE>{postalCode}</PCODE> 
        <CTRY>{co}</CTRY>
      </ADR> 
      <TEL>
        <HOME/> 
        <VOICE/> 
        <NUMBER>{homePhone}</NUMBER>
      </TEL> 
      <TEL>
        <HOME/> 
        <CELL/> 
        <NUMBER>{mobile}</NUMBER>
      </TEL> 
      <TEL>
        <WORK/> 
        <VOICE/> 
        <NUMBER>{telephoneNumber}</NUMBER>
      </TEL> 
      <TEL>
        <WORK/> 
        <CELL/> 
        <NUMBER>{mobile}</NUMBER>
      </TEL> 
      <TEL>
        <WORK/> 
        <FAX/> 
        <NUMBER>{facsimileTelephoneNumber}</NUMBER>
      </TEL> 
      <TEL>
        <WORK/> 
        <PAGER/> 
        <NUMBER>{pager}</NUMBER>
      </TEL> 
      <TITLE>{title}</TITLE> 
      <ORG>
        <ORGUNIT>{department}</ORGUNIT>
      </ORG>
    </vCard>]]></vcard-mapping>  
        <nameField>cn</nameField>  
        <emailField>mail</emailField>  
        <groupNameField>cn</groupNameField>  
        <groupMemberField>member</groupMemberField>  
        <groupDescriptionField>description</groupDescriptionField>  
        <posixMode>false</posixMode>  
        <groupSearchFilter>(objectClass=group)</groupSearchFilter> 
      </ldap>  
      <provider> 
        <vcard> 
          <className>org.jivesoftware.openfire.ldap.LdapVCardProvider</className> 
        </vcard>  
        <user> 
          <className>org.jivesoftware.openfire.ldap.LdapUserProvider</className> 
        </user>  
        <auth> 
          <className>org.jivesoftware.openfire.ldap.LdapAuthProvider</className> 
        </auth>  
        <group> 
          <className>org.jivesoftware.openfire.ldap.LdapGroupProvider</className> 
        </group> 
      </provider>  
      <setup>true</setup> 
    </jive>



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