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Synchronising my Aero 800 and my Jornada 720 with Nextcloud and my iPhone

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Shiunbird Page Icon Posted 2020-08-22 10:05 PM
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Hello everyone,

After a few hours of sweating, I've managed to get the following setup working:

My Aero 8000 (WinCE 2.11) and my Jornada 720 (WinCE 3) -> Windows XP SP3 VM with ActiveSync 3.6 (serial and USB) -> Outlook 2007 SP3 -> Outlook CalDav Synchronizer WinXP -> my home Nextcloud server (fully updated) -> my employer-issued iPhone 8 and my personal Mac Pro.

The setup works well and both ways.

I'm not sure this has been documented here yet but I will write a detailed guide in case anyone here is interested.
During the next days, I will try synchronising via network and, time allowing, via dial-up (for fun).
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Shiunbird Page Icon Posted 2020-08-23 4:53 AM
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Hello everyone,

Here are the instructions, working as of August 2020 and tested against Nextcloud 19 and Outlook 2007:
(unfortunately, this won't work on Windows 2000)

1. Install Windows XP SP3 and Outlook 2007 SP3. (Windows XP SP2 and unpatched Office 2007 won't work).
2. Install the .NET Framework 4.0 full profile.
3. Install the .NET patch KB2468871.
4. Install the Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) version 10.0.50903 - it MUST be this version.
5. Install the PIA for Office 2007.
6. Download and run the installer.
7. Launch Outlook and remove the add-on. (Tools > Trust Center > Add-ins > click the Go button).
8. Install ActiveSync. Version 3.6 works well for me.

The installer is missing some files. Retrieve from the depository the following files:
1. LICENSE.txt
2. LogoBanner.bmp
3. outlookcaldavsynchronizerlogoarrow.png

Move the LICENSE.txt to C:\Program Files\caldavsynchronizer.
Move the other two files to C:\Program Files\caldavsynchronizer\Resources.

Now go to C:\Program Files\caldavsynchronizer and run caldavsynchronizer.vsto.

Outlook configuration:
1. Make sure the Add-in is running.
2. Go to Synchronization Profiles.
3. Click Add and choose Nextcloud.
4. Select a Calendar or Tasks folder as Outlook folder.
5. The DAV URL will have the following format: http://server/remote.php/dav/calendars/user_name/calendar_name/ - don't forget the ending slash. The automatic discovery seems to be broken, so you must enter the full calendar path. SSL/TLS seem to be broken. Your server must allow HTTP plain-text only. EXTREMELY INSECURE - you must know what you are doing and do it in your own network and servers only.
6. Be careful choosing the right Synchronization Mode if you are synchronising an existing account.
7. Test the settings, click OK to confirm.
8. Click Synchronize on the main Outlook toolbar and enjoy.

If you have added your Nextcloud account (or any other CalDAV server that you host) to your modern smartphone and computer, you should see all Calendar entries and tasks (including categories and notes) synchronising perfectly. Items created on your Windows CE device will sync to your modern devices and vice-versa. Task completion, calendar entries and alert settings work fine.
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2020-08-23 1:35 PM
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Interesting, I had not heard of Nextcloud before.
A clever solution!
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Shiunbird Page Icon Posted 2020-08-24 7:24 AM
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It should work even with Google - I'm not sure about the status of TLS support since 2017, but it was originally supported.
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Jake Page Icon Posted 2020-08-25 5:48 PM
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What a fine set of instructions you post to allow a very clever sync.

Many thanks,
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