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Monday, April 16, 2012

Thunderbird with Microsoft OWA in Ubuntu 11.10

So, you as I are tired of Evolution's problems in Ubuntu 11.10?
Move on to Thunderbird...
To have it working with Microsoft OWA following the these steps:

Install DavMail


Download and install DavMail. It will act as a proxy between Thunderbird and your Microsoft webmail.

Configure DavMail


Some tips: 


  • Exchange 2003: https://mail.company.com/exchange/
  • Exchange 2007 Webdav mode: https://mail.company.com/owa/
  • Exchange 2007 EWS mode: https://mail.company.com/owa/
  • Exchange 2010 EWS mode: https://mail.company.com/owa/
  • Exchange 2010 EWS mode with unsupported authentication form e.g. Windows Live login:https://mail.company.com/ews/exchange.asmx

In my case as I'm behind a proxy I had to mark the option "Use system proxy settings" in the Proxy tab:



Click save then you should see a message in your system tray, saying that DavMail is correctly configured.

Configuring Thunderbird

In Thunderbird main window click menu File > New> Existing Mail Account.

Fill the next windows with your credentials:

Click "Continue", 



then manual config and change the properties to:
  • Incoming:
    • Server hostname: localhost
    • Port: 1143 (if you didn't change this value in DavMail)
    • SSL: None
    • Authentication: Normal Password
  • Outgoing:
    • Server hostname: localhost
    • Port: 1025 (if you didn't change this value in DavMail)
    • SSL: None
    • Authentication: Normal Password



Re-test and Create Account and be happy.