Connecting to Exchange when IMAP or POP3 is not an option794

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    PROBLEM
    This article documents a workaround for polling an Exchange server where only the MAPI protocol is enabled, leaving IMAP or POP3 disabled.

    ENVIRONMENT
    LiveTime

    RESOLUTION
    Microsoft Exchange has the facility to enable IMAP and POP3 protocols for accessing mail. Either of these protocols are fine for LiveTime to access mail. They are also easy to enable on an Exchange server. However, in some rare circumstances, such as due to a strict IT policy, neither can be used. Therefore, those responsible for the mail server may suggest that the MAPI protocol must be used. This can be facilitated by means of a gateway. One such means is the DavMail Gateway service. This has been installed by one of our customers to successfully map IMAP to MAPI on an Exchange server. Other similar services may be available but this one can be found here : http://davmail.sourceforge.net/ With this in place, LiveTime would contact the gateway service using IMAP (or POP3) and then, in turn, the gateway service would contact the Exchange server using MAPI. LiveTime would then be able to poll for mail without needing IMAP or POP3 enabled on the mail server.


    Resolution

    PROBLEM
    This article documents a workaround for polling an  Exchange server where only the MAPI protocol is enabled, leaving IMAP or  POP3 disabled.

    ENVIRONMENT
    LiveTime

    RESOLUTION
    Microsoft  Exchange has the facility to enable IMAP and POP3 protocols for  accessing mail. Either of these protocols are fine for LiveTime to  access mail. They are also easy to enable on an Exchange server.  However, in some rare circumstances, such as due to a strict IT policy,  neither can be used. Therefore, those responsible for the mail server  may suggest that the MAPI protocol must be used. This can be facilitated  by means of a gateway. One such means is the DavMail Gateway service.  This has been installed by one of our customers to successfully map IMAP  to MAPI on an Exchange server. Other similar services may be available  but this one can be found here : http://davmail.sourceforge.net/ With this in place, LiveTime would contact the gateway service using  IMAP (or POP3) and then, in turn, the gateway service would contact the  Exchange server using MAPI. LiveTime would then be able to poll for mail  without needing IMAP or POP3 enabled on the mail server.