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    Smile KMAIL - IMAP or POP3 for Exchange 2003 or Evolution?

    Hi,
    I am trying to setup KMAIl to connect to exchange 2003. I was using thunderbird but I want to test out KMAIL as it appears quite nice.
    I setup the IMAP info and I get invalid passwords using NTLM authentication.

    I googled quite a bit and most items were old in terms of exchange 2003 connections, and then I read some info on POP versus IMAP, and alot seemed to point to IMAP being bad, but I was under the impression IMAP was a better way to go.

    Please let me know if this is possible without setting up a mail server on my laptop, etc which is some of what I have read.

    Also, I am curious as to what people think about KMAIL compared to Evolution?

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    Default Re: KMAIL - IMAP or POP3 for Exchange 2003 or Evolution?

    Haven't used kmail, but use imap and other clients. Imap is great it you have the storage space on the server and it has the advantage that you can log in from any host and still have access to all emails.
    To set up imap, you need the username/pwd but you also need to know what sort of authentication you have. Try using no encryption and see what happens.
    Evolution is a great client and very similar to LoookOut (!?).
    If you still have authentication problems, try evolution because it will do a search for supported authentication methods.
    Then try kmail and see which you prefer.
    Thunderbird will also allow imap.

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    Default Re: KMAIL - IMAP or POP3 for Exchange 2003 or Evolution?

    I don't want to be teaching you how to suck eggs if you're already of an age, but these are what sprang to my mind:

    Is exchange a 'corporate' one? like on a domain?
    You might need whatever username you give kmail to be a member of that domain for it to work.

    Check your username is one exchange knows about.
    I think you'd also need to give username like: user@DOMAIN (or maybe user\DOMAIN, DOMAIN\user or a variation on that).

    I think Kmail does NTLM auth as well, I've never used it for such though, and it will offer to search for supported enc methods.

    Also check what port exchange is expecting IMAP connections on - it might not be the default. Check encryption as well.

    You can use telnet to talk to exchnage too:
    'telnet exchangeserver 110' will talk on POP3, which is useful for debugging I always found. You need to talk to it in its own language though.

    Apologies if you've done this already...

    I use KDE4 so I use kmail. Its nice to look at, but I would rate evolution over it in terms of stability. Kontact (which embeds kmail inside itself) is more like evolution - calendars, notes, rss etc.
    Last edited by weighty_foe; 10-Sep-2009 at 09:04. Reason: sed s/Exchnage/Exchange/g
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    Default Re: KMAIL - IMAP or POP3 for Exchange 2003 or Evolution?

    You shall make sure the Exchange2003 has been integrated in AD Domain of your environment first.
    I suggest you can evolution via imap to connect to Exchange2003, but if you want to read Exchange address book, thunderbird is a best choice for you that is because it can connect to Exchange 2003 via pop3 or imap and reach LDAP information...
    Here is a information for you referance that will help you to use LDAP in Thunderbird.
    BSD/Linux Tutorial Zone: (MS Exchange Server Solution)How to use AD domain address book in Linux Thunderbird
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    Default Re: KMAIL - IMAP or POP3 for Exchange 2003 or Evolution?

    diykev wrote:

    >
    > Hi,
    > I am trying to setup KMAIl to connect to exchange 2003. I was using
    > thunderbird but I want to test out KMAIL as it appears quite nice.
    > I setup the IMAP info and I get invalid passwords using NTLM
    > authentication.
    >
    > I googled quite a bit and most items were old in terms of exchange 2003
    > connections, and then I read some info on POP versus IMAP, and alot
    > seemed to point to IMAP being bad, but I was under the impression IMAP
    > was a better way to go.
    >
    > Please let me know if this is possible without setting up a mail server
    > on my laptop, etc which is some of what I have read.
    >
    > Also, I am curious as to what people think about KMAIL compared to
    > Evolution?
    >
    >

    Hiya,
    I use kmail with an exchange server at work and it works quite well.
    However, the exchange server needs to be configured to allow IMAP
    connections in addition to it's native exchange protocol. Also be sure
    that the correct port is open in the server's firewall. Once that's all
    set just set up an IMAP connection in kmail and point it at your exchange
    server using your windows domain login and password.

    You can also set up ldap in the kontact address book if you've got one.

    --
    kev.

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