More on iCal Server
Tue Dec 30, 2008 · 859 words

I would like to take this opportunity to vent some steam over Apple iCal Server. I was going to simply file a bug about this, but even that didn't work. :-/

Yeah, that's what I get for some groups after the 10.5.6 server update. “domain CalDAV No Calendar Home Error / code 1” - WTF!!!! And the web is full of these reports. I can browse the principal just fine from a web browser at https://server:8443/principals/groups/whatever/ but iCal just won't work.

“Solutions” range from anything re-creating the group to down-grading your OD Master to Standalone and then back up again.

And can you guess what “fixed” it for me? That's right - just wait for about 10 minutes and keep pushing the “Add” button until it finally goes through. Yeah, I know…

10.5 in general has been the most difficult server upgrade Apple has ever gone through (if you look close there's actually a lot more changes in server than client this time), but iCal Server has been particularly problematic. Here's a list of things that are wrong with iCal server:

These are just some things off the top of my head. You can find many more at Apple Discussions. AFP548 even did a special post on basically the same subject.

And while I don't entirely agree with Mr. Tatsu Ikeda, I do feel like Apple has made a lot of empty promises with 10.5 server and that iCal Server has been a big part of that letdown for many other sysadmins as well. I have some sympathy for Apple for being bold and bringing something really new to market and doing “the right thing” by actually creating some standards to go with it (CalDAV), but still…

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