Ubuntu: 13.04 - raring Exchange: MS 2007 Thunderbird: 1:24.1.1+build1-0ubuntu0.13.04.1 Evolution: 3.6.4-0ubuntu1 Evolution-mapi: 3.6.2-0ubuntu1 Evolution-ews: 3.6.1-0ubuntu1
My company uses exchange for Mail and also has a 'brand style' email template and signature. I can't seem to find a good Linux solution that allows both to work to company standards.
The Company's Brand formatting
It is essentially a Calibri font/sans-serif; font size:11.0pt; colour#1F497D. Any Linux mail I use must be able to default to that when I write a new message, forward or reply.
This has been set up because the rest of the company uses outlook.
Initially I had hoped to use Thunderbird, and bought an ExQuilla licence which sync's perfectly (though slower than outlook). However the colour #1F497D isn't one of the default swabs for colour choices avaible under Preferences>Composition>General>HTML>Text Colour. I could get the right colour by manually copy pasting the Hex code into the colour selection tool in the write window... but this was fiddly and requires me to keep the hex code constantly on hand... Instead I installed last colour picker, which jumps to the last swab I used. More useful... but still not ideal.
Evolution offers a one up in this respect, I think I can here customise the composition look of my email as per company standards... so I looked to move...
Exchange Server 2007 settings
This guide initially looked very good. So i aimed to install evolution and MAPI.
sudo apt-get install evolution sudo apt-get install evolution-mapi
And so I installed Evolution and Evolution support for the groupware suite. I quickly found I couldn't select the correct protocol, however this was resolved by installing the missing dependency, as per this solution via:
sudo apt-get install python-samba
This seemed to be working better. I made an account as follows using the evolution account assistant, I've included dummy names.
Full name: Joe Blogs Email Address: Joeb@mycompany.co.uk
The MAPI attempt
So first I tried setting Server Type under 'Recieving Email' to Exchange MAPI.
For configuration my server settings were initially:
server: exchange.mycompany.co.uk username: joeb domain name: [empty]
So i entered domain name in as "mycompany.co.uk"... Authenticate... entered by (definitely correct) password. However in the Mail authentication request box it rejects the password and says Password is incorrect.
I've juggled with these heavily trying my owa address which is along the lines of
mail.extention.ourcompanymailserver.net/owa... no joy.
So I went back over to thunderbird and the working server address I had tied into thunderbird:
Following the thread here I tried by exchange address, still no joy. This site again suggested I used my server IP address... however I don't know that and there's no sysadmin to help us here!
I figured I could just ping the server
which came back with an IP that I then stuff into evolution.. no joy.
I then noticed there was an evolution EWS module. which I installed
sudo apt-get install evolution-ews
Which seemed to get me further, now I could get through the initial install and appeared to get a working setup, but a sync from my server wasn't forthcoming
EWS_DEBUG=2 evolution gives me lots of
"(evolution:16603): Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_entry_set_text: assertion `text != NULL' failed"
Sadly turned up nothing on Google...
And so I'm stumped. I can't seem to move to Thunderbird because it won't customise my email in a way that suits my company... and I can't use evolution because of exchange issues...
It be great to get this setup as my entire home setup is Linux... and I have quiet designs to get more of my colleagues to shift given their windows 8 frustrations!
Any advice on resolving this... or a smarter point of intervention (Thunderbird?) would be much appreciated!