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I work for a place with an Exchange 2007 server. There is an http://owa.ourserver.com that is accessible from anywhere. I've tried every combo I can think of for Evolution -> Microsoft Exchange, including the MAPI plugin, but then I read that, that doesn't work on OWA Exchange email servers and I can't get it to connect at all that way.

If there is no way to connect via Evolution, is there another mail client? I tried Thunderbird, but I couldn't get it to work with Exchange either...

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You should try DavMail Exchange Gateway.

You can use it "standalone" on your own computer, or on a server so you can share it with other colleagues.

Basically, this application connects to the Exchange server (you can use the web address you gave) and translates all Exchange specific stuff into standards protocols: POP, IMAP, Caldav, SMTP, Carddav or LDAP. So you can access e-mails, calendar and contacts (included corporate ones) from this application.

Then, you just have to configure Thunderbird or Evolution, etc. to connect to this application instead of Exchange.

It works like a charm on Windows, Linux and Mac OS. There is a 'deb' package in the download section of the project web-site, so you can easily install it on Ubuntu.

Then, you can launch it from the Applications->Internet menu.

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+1 for davmail. Have been using it for almost a year now without any trouble on ubuntu lucid + thunderbird + Exchange 2007 for email, calendar & address book. Even when I had some issues, I always find the mailing list very responsive and helpful. –  koushik Oct 14 '10 at 8:10
    
+1 for davmail. Works great for me –  solomongaby Oct 21 '10 at 11:46
    
I am getting the feeling that DavMail will handle encryption on it's own but might not handle encrypted communication between itself and your mail client. –  Dmitriy Likhten Dec 1 '10 at 19:34
    
You can configure SSL (you can create a certificate of your own, but it won't be "authenticated" by a known authority I presume) so that you have encryption between Davmail and your e-mail client. See davmail.sourceforge.net/sslsetup.html –  Huygens Dec 5 '10 at 15:10
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Had the same problem in my company.

The solution is installation of evolution-mapi (apt-get install evolution-mapi). Then go to Evolution and add an account, select Exchange from the drop-down menu and enter your server details and credentials. In the server address box type the server's IP address, as the mapi seems to have a bug using FQDMs.

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Is it stable ? Last time I tried this plugin in evolution, I had disconnections and freezes which made the day to day use close to impossible... But that was a long time ago. Did it improve ? –  Little Jawa Oct 17 '10 at 7:05
    
I think mapi does not correctly handle domain names... Won't let me log in. Looks like it keeps checking without domain names. –  Dmitriy Likhten Dec 1 '10 at 19:29
    
yes, evolution-mapi is the correct plugin. I am accessing exchange 2007 using that for my work. But I would like to give you a word of caution. It is damn slow in retrieving mails . Not good if you get 50 mails an hour! :) –  Ubuntuser May 2 '11 at 10:23
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OWA is Outlook Web Access for Exchange. To setup up Evolution to work with exchange you will need the Exchange server addresses not the Web Access front end.

My suggestion is to check with your IT/SysAdmin for the Exchange addresses. Some companies have Exchanged lock to be only accessed through the OWA or select users on desktop clients (my former employer was that way). Permissions may need to be set for you.

The configuration process can be checked out here:
gnome documentation library - adding exchange account to evolution

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Well, i can access it with Mail.app on Max OS X 10.6 and on Windows 7, and Windows XP... just not Ubuntu. :\ So, they aren't restricting it that way unless I guess they explicitly blocked Evolution which I doubt because I think I'm the only one here out of these few thousand people with Linux (and one of the only couple dozen with Mac OS X) haha. –  Oscar Godson Oct 13 '10 at 19:43
    
I guess, could you tell me what my login stuff should look like and where to get the right server? –  Oscar Godson Oct 13 '10 at 19:44
    
It has been a little since I have configured Exchange. Your IT department should be able to give you the correct server information. I have added a link for configuation to my answer. –  Casey Keller Oct 13 '10 at 22:37
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The Exchange plugin for Evolution uses OWA as its way in. It doesn't work with Exchange 2007, though. –  Michael Ekstrand Dec 4 '10 at 17:37
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I have evolution working in the past connecting evolution using the EWS plug in for evolution our address was https://owa.companyname.com/owa/EWS/Exchange.asmx

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