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Getting started with the CorporateTime calendar service

CorporateTime is a server based, cross-platform calendar system that has been site licensed by Carnegie Mellon.

Installing the CorporateTime client on your machine

Unix

  1. The client is pre-installed as /usr/local/bin/ctime. It is currently available only for some supported versions of Linux, Solaris and Irix.

Windows

  1. Go to http://www.cmu.edu/myandrew (off-site link, will open in a new window).
  2. Login to the MyAndrew site
  3. Download and install the Corporate Time Client.
  4. Follow the install program using the defaults it gives you. If, after installation, it asks you if you would like to synchronize your on-line and off-line passwords, say yes.
  5. You will need to change the login server to the SCS CorporateTime server. The hostname of the server is: CALENDAR.SRV.CS.CMU.EDU.
  6. Please do not log into your CorporateTime application until you have created an account on the server and read the login instructions below.

MacOS

  1. Go to http://www.cmu.edu/myandrew (off-site link, will open in a new window).
  2. Login to the MyAndrew site
  3. Download and install the Corporate Time Client.
  4. Look in the folder "Licensed Software".
  5. Copy the CorporateTime entry to your desk top and then double-click the icon to have it installed on the hard drive. If, after installation, CorporateTime asks you if you would like to create an off-line workspace, say yes.
  6. You will need to change the login server to the SCS CorporateTime server. The hostname of the server is: CALENDAR.SRV.CS.CMU.EDU.
  7. Please do not log into your Corporate Time application until you have created an account on the server and read the login instructions below.

Creating a CorporateTime server account

You must have a CorporateTime server account before you can access the server. You can request an account by sending an email to help@cs.cmu.edu.

Passwords

CorporateTime account passwords are transmitted to the server over the network "in the clear" and are exposed to possible eavesdropping by password sniffers. Consequently, you should use a different password for your CorporateTime server account than your normal Kerberos password.

Using the CorporateTime Client

The available Windows and MacOS clients are currently version 6.0 and 5.2.3. The available Unix clients are currently version 5.0.

You must type your full name (not your login name) exactly as was created when you requested the Corporate Time account. If you aren't sure what form of your name to use, click the magnifying-glass icon, fill in your last name in the box and click Search. Then select your name from the scrolling list.

The SCS CorporateTime server host name is: CALENDAR.SRV.CS.CMU.EDU.

Once you have logged-in, the CorporateTime client has extensive on-line help . See the CorporateTime Reference Manual & User's Guide available in PDF format (readable and printable using Adobe Acrobat Reader) for additional information. This guide documents version 3.4 of the Windows client. A manual for version 4 clients is not yet available. The version 3 and version 4 interfaces are similar enough that if you prefer printed documentation to on-line help, you can probably get a good general idea of what the software can do by consulting the older manual.

The Unix clients apparently do not store off-line agendas in compatible formats across platforms with different byte-orders (e.g. Linux PC vs. Solaris Sparc). If you will be using the client from Unix platforms with different byte orders, you should make your $HOME/.CorporateTime directory be a symbolic link to platform specific directories, e.g.

ln -s .CorporateTime-@sys $HOME/.CorporateTime

and then create platform specific directories like $HOME/.CorporateTime-i386_rh71 for each system type that you use.

Frequently asked questions

Why am I prompted for a password for server "Off-line" after logging in?
This means that the password associated with your off-line agenda does not match the password for your CorporateTime account. Type your old password (the one in effect when the off-line agenda was downloaded) to finish logging on. Then you can use the Download item in the File men to download our agenda using your new password. If you have forgotten your old password but know the location of your off-line agenda (e.g. $HOME/.CorporateTime on Unix), you can simply deleted the off-line agenda before running the client.