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How do I configure Adium to access the MIT Cisco Jabber server?

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  1. Open Adium.
    Applications folder

    If you are running OS X 10.8, you will also get a prompt to allow Adium to access your contacts. You can select OK or Don't Allow.

    contacts prompt

  2. If this is your first time installing Adium, you will be prompted by the setup assistant. Click the button labeled Continue.
    Welcome Screen

  3. On the following screen, select XMPP (the name of the messaging protocol used by the server) from the service drop-down menu and enter your MIT email address and password.
    Note: You must enter your complete email address.

    Add an Instant Messaging Account

  4. Adium will display a message titled "Congratulations" after configuration is complete. Click the button labeled Done. A Buddy List window will appear.

  5. You have successfully connected to MIT's Jabber service.

Generic settings

Go to Preferences > Accounts > Select your account and click Edit > *Personal *

  • Username: Kerberos
  • Password: Kerberos password
  • Port: 5222
  • Check Require SSL/TLS

To add a contact in Adium

  • Contacts > Add Contact ...
    • Contact Type: XMPP
      add contact
    • Jabber ID:
    • Alias: Firstname Lastname (or any other text)
    • In Group: Buddies (or group of your choosing)

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Last Modified:

March 23, 2016

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