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Chosing a delivery service in OL98

Posted on 1998-08-21
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I have OL98 configured for 3 mail services which appear in this order; Exchange, Exchange Remote, Internet.

My question is: How can I send the odd e-mail via the Internet account rather than via the Exchange server?

The reason is I don't want people who contact me via my Internet account to know what my company email id is.

I don't want to have to go into services and reprioritise the services every time I send a message - I'm bound to forget sometime and start sending messages via the wrong account.
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As far as I can tell you, there is no way to tell Outlook 98 what delivery method to use.  I would like to be able to do this as well ... assign a delivery method to an e-mail address.  What I'm doing to get around the problem is to use Eudora to send e-mail through my internet mail provider.  Plus, for those addresses that I don't want to send through my corporate e-mail, I don't have the addresses in my address bok.  That way I don't get things mixed up.

I hope this helps.
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bmccaig, thanks for that.  I know that if you have multiple POP3 accounts then you can select which one to use when you send a message (from Message|Options).  But this functionality seems to disappear once you connect to an Exchange Server.

I'm going to leave the question open for a while to see if anyone else can come up with a solution.  If not you get the points.
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I have same setup as you -- Exchange + several POP3 accounts -- and I have been able to get reliable results by using the "From" field in my e-mail messages (while composing a message, select "From Field" from "View" menu).

OL98 will match this info to the most appropriate sending method. You do have to be wary, however, of address-completion problems. You also have to find a way around OL98's built-in security feature that won't let you spoof other users by forging their address in the From field.

The answer to both problems, for me, was to create additional mailboxes in Exchange server whose SMTP addresses match my real mail addresses for each of my POP3 accounts. I then gave my "genuine" Exchange mailbox account "send on behalf of" permission for those new mailboxes.

This seems a little involved, but most of the setup is a one-time thing, and it works nicely. Once you say "View / From Field" that field will be visible on all subsequent new-message forms until you turn it off again. You still have to remember to type in the appropriate from address for your message to get routed properly.

Try it on a friend you trust and ask your friend to send you the Internet message headers that get generated, so you'll know exactly what others will see.

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Thanks, I'll try that and let you know.  I'm out at cutomer sites next week so it may be awhile before I grade...
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Thanks for the suggestions, but I've hit two problems:

1. I don't have configuration access to the Exchange server to create the additional mailboxes to get around the "send on behalf of" problem.

2. I've discovered that my ISP's SMTP server won't accept mail from IP addresses outside the ISP's range. They won't enable authentication either :(

Looks like I'm stuck with read only internet mail.
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