® 8.5 and later requires authenticated users to have the "mail" attribute assigned in the LDAP directory. IBM
recommends that your LDAP directory include a "mail" attribute for every user who plans to authenticate with the Sametime
servers; this attribute is not required for anonymous (guest) users. The "mail" attribute must be a unique string, which preferably follows the syntax and length restrictions of email addresses.
The softphone provided by Sametime
uses the "mail" attribute for user identification. To support audio and video communications, the LDAP directory must have the "mail" attribute populated for every user.
The "mail" attribute is not used for email purposes, and does not have to be assigned as a user name for logging into Sametime
. Instead, it serves as a common attribute between the various Sametime
subsystems, such as Calendar Integration, Business Cards, LDAP, and REST APIs. This attribute is also used when generating a URL for a user's persistent meeting room (for example, http://firstname.lastname@example.org/users-room). In addition, using the "mail" attribute provides certain performance advantages since translation between attributes is not required; it also provides consistency and integrity by using a common and well-understood attribute.
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