Linux <-> MS-Exchange Coexistence

Linux <-> MS-Exchange Coexistence

Post by sdru.. » Thu, 17 Oct 2002 08:48:57



While I'm donning my asbestos underwear, let me preface this post by saying
I've been a Linux advocate and user since 1996.

That being said, I need to get a Linux box to send/receive email with an
MS-Exchange server at work as part of a project to assess the feasibility
of Linux on our corporate desktops.  I've check out Ximian's Connector
for Evolution, but they don't yet support RedHat v8.0 and require
MS-Exchange 2000 (we're running v5.5).

Has anyone had any experience in this area?  Can I use standard
POP/IMAP/SMTP protocols if I don't need the groupware features (e.g.
calendar and addressbook - actually, I do need them, but I want to get
this running now while Ximian works on Connector).

Any, tips, tricks, traps, and FAQ's would be appreciated.  Thanks!

--
Scott Drumm             ---Those who beat their swords into plowshares

 
 
 

Linux <-> MS-Exchange Coexistence

Post by Paul Lutu » Thu, 17 Oct 2002 09:15:18



> While I'm donning my asbestos underwear, let me preface this post by
> saying I've been a Linux advocate and user since 1996.

> That being said, I need to get a Linux box to send/receive email with an
> MS-Exchange server at work as part of a project to assess the feasibility
> of Linux on our corporate desktops.  I've check out Ximian's Connector
> for Evolution, but they don't yet support RedHat v8.0 and require
> MS-Exchange 2000 (we're running v5.5).

> Has anyone had any experience in this area?  Can I use standard
> POP/IMAP/SMTP protocols if I don't need the groupware features (e.g.
> calendar and addressbook - actually, I do need them, but I want to get
> this running now while Ximian works on Connector).

> Any, tips, tricks, traps, and FAQ's would be appreciated.  Thanks!

Does MS Exchange support the standard mail protocols? If so, there's a
chance, otherwise no. You need to find this out, and this is not the forum
to be asking.

BTW Evolution sucks as a mail client. Test it and its (included)
alternatives before making your presentation. The alternatives are better
IMHO. This will avoid making Linux look not-ready-for-prime-time.

--
Paul Lutus
www.arachnoid.com

 
 
 

Linux <-> MS-Exchange Coexistence

Post by Tobias Crefel » Thu, 17 Oct 2002 10:06:01



Quote:> That being said, I need to get a Linux box to send/receive email with an
> MS-Exchange server at work as part of a project to assess the feasibility
> of Linux on our corporate desktops.  I've check out Ximian's Connector

Actually I'm not quite sure if I understand what your plan is. SMTP and IMAP
are supported both by MS-Ex and Linux and since MS introduced ADS there is
also a possibility to use via LDAP although I estimate that your MS-Ex5.5
doesn't run in an ADS-environment. Maybe the following link about a
brand-new KDE-project funded by the german authority BSI is interesting for
you: http://kroupware.kde.org/
The goal is a smooth migration of a Groupware-Environment from MS to Linux.
Basically they using an Outlook add-on to get some simple groupware
functions like calendar and resource sharing an a standard
LDAP/IMAP-server.

Regards,
 Tobias.

 
 
 

Linux <-> MS-Exchange Coexistence

Post by Nick Haddoc » Thu, 17 Oct 2002 16:21:13



> While I'm donning my asbestos underwear, let me preface this post by saying
> I've been a Linux advocate and user since 1996.

> That being said, I need to get a Linux box to send/receive email with an
> MS-Exchange server at work as part of a project to assess the feasibility
> of Linux on our corporate desktops.  I've check out Ximian's Connector
> for Evolution, but they don't yet support RedHat v8.0 and require
> MS-Exchange 2000 (we're running v5.5).

> Has anyone had any experience in this area?  Can I use standard
> POP/IMAP/SMTP protocols if I don't need the groupware features (e.g.
> calendar and addressbook - actually, I do need them, but I want to get
> this running now while Ximian works on Connector).

> Any, tips, tricks, traps, and FAQ's would be appreciated.  Thanks!

Evolution works fine with EX POP/SMTP/IMAP, as I use it every day exactly
for this. I am also waiting for the server to be upgraded to 2000, so the
connector can work.

You just need to enable them on the EX server, as well as web based
access, as you can use Mozilla to access this.

I have found evolution to be stable and reliable.

codfather

 
 
 

Linux <-> MS-Exchange Coexistence

Post by Nils O. Sel?sd » Thu, 17 Oct 2002 17:02:19



> While I'm donning my asbestos underwear, let me preface this post by saying
> I've been a Linux advocate and user since 1996.

> That being said, I need to get a Linux box to send/receive email with an
> MS-Exchange server at work as part of a project to assess the feasibility
> of Linux on our corporate desktops.  I've check out Ximian's Connector
> for Evolution, but they don't yet support RedHat v8.0 and require
> MS-Exchange 2000 (we're running v5.5).

> Has anyone had any experience in this area?  Can I use standard
> POP/IMAP/SMTP protocols if I don't need the groupware features (e.g.
> calendar and addressbook - actually, I do need them, but I want to get
> this running now while Ximian works on Connector).

Yes, that is what I'm doing. We enabled IMAP on the Exchange
Server, and a stock IMAP client can connect to it.
One of the trick is finding the username, I have to use:
ntdomain\ntusername\exchangename , and depending on the client
\\ might be needed instead of just \.

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Linux <-> MS-Exchange Coexistence

Post by Peter Greenwo » Thu, 17 Oct 2002 18:57:26




Quote:> Has anyone had any experience in this area?  Can I use standard
> POP/IMAP/SMTP protocols

I had a linux workstation in an otherwise NT4 world at the last place I
worked.

Incoming email worked fine with IMAP using Netscape and later Mozilla mail.
It did however require the NT server admins to enable IMAP as it wasn't on
by default. I had Mozilla set up to send outgoing mail direct to Exchange
with SMTP, though it demanded a password before doing this. It might have
been better to send via sendmail on the local machine to avoid this
(command-line mail did so and worked fine).

POP3, with kmail, also worked for a while but then mysteriously stopped; we
never found out why.

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Linux <-> MS-Exchange Coexistence

Post by Mark Damros » Fri, 18 Oct 2002 06:07:06



> While I'm donning my asbestos underwear, let me preface this post by
saying
> I've been a Linux advocate and user since 1996.

> That being said, I need to get a Linux box to send/receive email with an
> MS-Exchange server at work as part of a project to assess the feasibility
> of Linux on our corporate desktops.  I've check out Ximian's Connector
> for Evolution, but they don't yet support RedHat v8.0 and require
> MS-Exchange 2000 (we're running v5.5).

> Has anyone had any experience in this area?  Can I use standard
> POP/IMAP/SMTP protocols if I don't need the groupware features (e.g.
> calendar and addressbook - actually, I do need them, but I want to get
> this running now while Ximian works on Connector).

Yes, Exchange server supports POP, IMAP, SMTP, NNTP (for access to public
folders) and LDAP (for access to the address book) - all on by default.
AFAIK, there are no clients other than Outlook that will work with the
groupware features.

Quote:

> Any, tips, tricks, traps, and FAQ's would be appreciated.  Thanks!

The upgrade to Exchange 2000 is ugly - it requires an upgrade to AD, but you
may want to consider it due to the greatly enhanced Web Access.  I would
seriously consider running with no mail client at all.
 
 
 

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