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Old 07-29-2010, 01:54 PM   #1
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Question Yet another Exchange with Evolution on Ubuntu question


Hi all,

I've got an Ubuntu 10.04 system running Evolution, and I'm trying to integrate it with a slightly older Exchange server. I got the basics all working, email, calendaring, etc.

The trouble I'm having is that it crashes pretty frequently, and even using the DavMail tool doesn't help. DavMail just ends up crashing instead!

It seems to me that there is some piece of integration that is broken, or just not set up right.

Has anyone seen this? Where it "works", but is very unstable? We've got a few people at my office with this issue on a couple different distros.

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Old 07-29-2010, 07:45 PM   #2
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Can you give some specific info about the exchange server? Is is running on server 08 or 2K3? what version? using AD? any extra info you can give without compromising your own security would be beneficial. Take a look at some of these links: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1259082
This one suggests using Thunderbird: http://www.brucerenner.org/linux-and-exchange-2007
This guy suggests using IP address instead of FQDN: http://jjesse.wordpress.com/2010/05/...exchange-2007/
This is another thread from LQ on the issue, but it's not straightforward: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...change-586131/
 
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:51 PM   #3
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I have no way of getting direct info on the server - but I have to use the ../exch not the ../owa method to contact it.
Yes, we use AD, and I did try via IP address instead of hostname.

Haven't tried thunderbird yet - I will do so tomorrow, see what (if any) effect there is.
The thread from LQ actually was the missing piece I needed to get connected a little while back, though you're right. It's a bit of a mess.

Checking out the other links

Thanks!
 
Old 07-30-2010, 11:16 AM   #4
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Quick update:
Thunderbird + DavMail has been *far* more stable than Evolution or Evolution + DavMail. So far, not one crash, not one missed email (fingers crossed).

Now I will be attempting to integrate calendars, and trying to get it into the Indicator Applet


Update:
Still working perfectly. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get Sunbird or Lightning working unless I go outside the Ubuntu repositories. I may give Evolution another try, just because Ubuntu seems to force that one on me (by not respecting default email client settings, allowing notifier integration, having proper repository info for mozilla, etc)

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Old 07-30-2010, 06:29 PM   #5
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Ok - got this all working now. Here's what I had to do (since it's a bit involved)

The real key is DavMail. Configure it per the URL above (http://www.brucerenner.org/linux-and-exchange-2007).
If you're doing Thunderbird and Sunbird, you're done. If you're trying to stick to the Ubuntu provided stuff (like me) you might have more luck with Evolution.

Under Evolution, do *not* configure the exchange stuff, and remove it if you have (it fights with DavMail, or did in my case).
1) Set up the IMAP server just like you would Thunderbird. If you're using AD and your username and email/box names don't line up, just set them as needed.
2) Set up the SMTP server like Thunderbird.
3) Under the calendar section, create the new calendar, select WebDav, and proceed like Thunderbird.

Very easy, works pretty well, and is integrated properly with the Ubuntu notification app and all.
 
  


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