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Can I use Thunderbird to access Microsoft Exchange server? Evolution works ok, I am just looking for an alternative.

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Your question is very similar to this AU answer.

In summary - if your MS Exchange server supports IMAP or POP3 then thunderbird can be used as your Email client.

However, if you want to directly support MS Outlook .pst files and other MS Exchange capabilities, then Evolution is a better client to use.

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You should look into this piece of software which acts as a gateway between Exchange and mail clients. http://davmail.sourceforge.net/

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davmail did the trick. –  DRob Jun 17 '11 at 20:43
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From my experience, its a 'yes' to Thunderbird reading and managing mail from Exchange, and a 'maybe' to sending email. I just started using Thunderbird with Exchange via IMAP.

Under Tools > Account Settings... I added an account. After entering my email address and clicking Create Account, it found my organisation's details, but they were incorrect.

I needed to manually configure it to IMAP as the type; the server name was the same as the Exchange server (use your organisation's Outlook setup to find it); the SSL configuration was SSL/TLS; and I needed to change Authorization to Normal (Thunderbird incorrectly detected it as Kerberos/GSSApi).

I had no luck sending email to users outside my organisation using the Exchange server, so I switched to another SMTP server that I could access.

I didn't have any Exchange folders other than Inbox in my setup, but I've read that they may not automatically appear in Thunderbird. To show them, in Thunderbird right click the Inbox folder (in the list of folders) and click Subscribe... to check what folders are shown from Exchange.

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Yes, you can do it

  1. Open Thunderbird and click the Tools menu option. Click Account Settings. Click Account Settings again to start the process for the Exchange connection.

  2. Enter the full name at the first window. This name is what email recipients see in their inbox. In the following text box, enter your email address. Click the Next button.

  3. Select IMAP Mail Server from the drop-down window. Enter the Exchange server name in the IMAP Server Name text box. In the Outgoing Server text box, enter the Exchange server name again. Click the Next button.

  4. Check the box labeled Username and password. Enter your current username used to log into the machine. Remove the check mark in the box labeled Use secure connection. Click Finish. The Thunderbird application is ready to send and receive email from the Exchange server.


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Thanks for the reply, however the account settings are under "edit" not tools which brings me to believe these instructions are for an older version of Thunderbird. –  DRob May 13 '11 at 8:59
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After going thru all the pains I could setup my thunderbird. I hope this helps you too - http://adhocshare.blogspot.in/2012/10/setting-up-thunderbird-16-on-linux-with.html

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