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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2013

    University email

    Hi all.

    I've got some questions regarding Thunderbird and my University email. The help page for my university is rather unhelpful:

    Server type: Microsoft Exchange 2003
    The University does not run a POP or IMAP server
    Server address:
    (if you are a staff member and have been migrated to Exchange 2010, enter
    Connect to Exchange mailbox using HTTP: Yes
    Exchange proxy server:
    Authentication: Basic
    User name: User (eg.

    Password: Your campus password

    Queries are as follows:

    How is it possible that an email server with around 15,000 students has neither POP nor IMAP? And how would I configure my email client (i.e. Early Bird, alpha-channel release of Thunderbird) to receive email from the University? The info I need is (for incoming AND outgoing): port number, SSL, and "authentication". I imagine the IT department will, if I email them, reply along the lines of "Oh, we don't support email clients other than Outlook. Have you tried Windows?". Obviously, that isn't an option.

    Help appreciated!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    The Left Coast of the USA

    Re: University email


    Check out the Thunderbird add-on called ExQuilla (or something like that).

    I'm on my cell phone so I can't give you a link.

    Best wishes.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    WI USA
    Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf

    Re: University email

    I'm the same boat even with a dual boot . Only certain staff have access to the exchange, students and others have to use the web page login. Opera , Tbird , and the Windows client don't work and even if I had Outlook I would need permission.
    Believe in possibility and proceed !

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    19th Hole
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: University email

    I feel your pain. It has always struck me as incredibly ironic (to say nothing of hypocritical) that an institution of higher learning displays the highest level of hidebound backwardness and inflexibility when it comes to either freedom of access or choice of methodology. I suppose an argument could be made that POP is too insecure in a place brimming with youthfully exuberant mischief-makers, but IMAP should at least be available. And lest someone jumps down my throat, I am aware of the problems with phishers co-opting campus accounts to send spam or worse. But there are other ways to deal with these problems that don't require violating the spirit of openness and exploration that a University, of all places, is supposed to foster.

    If experience is any guide, the actually knowledgeable tech gurus in the IT department are probably all Linux fanatics, so you may not be greeted with the drone-like response that you fear. Nonetheless, they probably won't be able to open the desired functions to you due to prohibitions from the powers-that-be.

    If your institution in fact allows you to access with a client, you may wish to consider Evolution instead of T-bird. I've just posted on another thread where I say that I don't like Evolution because it is too much like Outlook, but it may be the simplest solution for you because it has Exchange functionality built in. Quirky and hard to set up, but once done, I didn't have too many problems connecting to Exchange.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2013

    Re: University email

    I never marked this as solved, so am doing now. Exquilla does the job nicely, though it was a bit awkward to set up. Recommened to anyone else with similar issues!

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