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On Oct 12, 2004, at 6:57 AM, Josh Wisenbaker wrote:
On Oct 11, 2004, at 9:26 PM, Dan Stranathan wrote:
If anyone has a lot of experience with Mail.app and Exchange Server 2003, I have a few questions for you.
Not a lot, but I've tested it briefly with Exchange 2000 server.
I've a little more, but don't claim to be an expert.
1) What does the "Outlook Web Access Server" field in Mail.app's Accounts pane really do? I have a OWA server, but why do I need to point Mail.app to it? After all, doesn't Mail.app use IMAP and SMPT for email
It's supposed to forward calendar events on to iCal.
2) What is the REAL difference between Mail.app's IMAP and Exchange settings? Other than number 1 above, I see no difference.
The Exchange setting is to hide the events folder from being seen in your IMAP mail tree. A problem here can be that while you can't see it in the mail tree, Mail can and your mail rules may take effect on the hidden messages messing up your schedules.
3) Why does Mail.app see my Public Folders and stuff on my Exchange server (with both "Exchange" and "IMAP" configs, I tested, both get the same results). Testing the same account with Entourage 2004, I don't see the Public Folders on the Exchange server. I tested it with both Entourage's "Exchange" account (WEB DAV?) and with IMAP. Is there any way to hide the Public Folders from Mail.app users?
Huh. You should see the public folders in Entourage 2004 as well. No idea how to hide them.
4) Can Mail.app use NTLM for authentication? I don't see a way to do so, but Microsoft told me it can be done.
Not that I know of off the top of my head or from a quick Google adventure. If Microsoft knows how to do it then they should share.
5) When I use KEychain to save my Mail.app Exchange password, it stores it with the name "IIS Support". Even if I don't give Mail.app my OWA Servers address (leave the field blank) it still refers to the password as an IIS password.
I guess that's just a naming convention Apple is using.
6) Is WEBDAV needed to support Mac IMAP mail connections on Exchange 2003?
Not for IMAP, but I would imagine that it is for the scheduling.
7) Why doesn't Microsoft or Apple support MAPI on the Mac for Exchange email and calenders? Outlook 2001 and Classic just don't cut it.
Apple doesn't support it because they aren't going to reverse engineer Microsoft's stuff. Microsoft doesn't support it because they aren't interested in maintaining Macs in the enterprise. Case in point the current state of SFM and Exchange server support for the Mac.
8) Are there any Open Source MAPI projects underway for OS X?
I don't really know of _any_ open source MAPI projects, let alone for Mac OS X. Stuff like Evolution uses OWA like Entourage does.
9) Has anyone heard rumors of what Mail.app 2.0 will hold for us? What about iCal? Any rumors about tighter Exchange intergration?
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