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Need to Setup IMAP4 for Exchange 2003

I have an Exchange 2003 that users access using Outlook Web Access.  Some users within the office use Outlook 2000/2003 which they access the Exchange server within the LAN.  We just received a batch of Sprint Blackberry phones along with some Pocket Pc's.  I need to configure then to access their emai via IMAP but am not sure where to start or how to get the ball rolling.  Things that I have done are the following: the IMAP service is running on the exchange server, I issued a certificate to the IMAP4 virtual server and the ports are open on the firewall.  I need help and am stuck as to what to do.  Thanks in advance for all the help and suggestions.

Lalo
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redseatechnologies

8/22/2022 - Mon
redseatechnologies

Hi geraldonunez,

Not to redirect the question (ok, that is the reason) but have you instead considered using RPC/HTTP?

It is a far better solution to IMAP (in my (and many others) opinion)

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/ex2k3rpc.mspx

Hope that helps,

-red
geraldonunez

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Thanks redseatechnologies I looked at the article and I will look into it, but is there a way I can accomplish my goal with doing this?  It seems that I can send mail but cannot receive mail ....

Lalo
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Further reading the article I am trying to figure out Exchange 2003 Front-End/Back-End topologies.  We only have a single Exchange 2003 server.  How would this affect RPC/HTTPs?

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Nope, you can run RPC/HTTP on a single server.

Here are some configuration guides;

http://www.amset.info/exchange/rpc-http.asp
http://www.petri.co.il/configure_rpc_over_https_on_a_single_server.htm

-red
geraldonunez

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I went to my Exchange server properties, then to my RPC-HTTP tab and the following is ticked "Not part of an Exchange managed RPC-HTTP topologoy".  I have the option to make it a "RPC-HTTP back-end server", but i have to research how that would affect the server.  I am still new at this and I cannot afford email to go down for the company.  Thanks!  I will keep you updated

Lalo
Sembee

For the Blackberry devices I would go and get the BES Express Edition from RIM. It is free for the application, you simply buy the CALs.

For the Windows Mobile handhelds I would use Exchange ActiveSync.

IMAP is ok, but there are better solutions that will provide a much improved user experience than IMAP. You may have issues sending email via IMAP as well.

Simon.
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Thanks I will look at the links you sent redseatechnologies.

Lalo
Sembee

The amset site (which is mine) might not be responding. My ISP has DNS issues at the moment meaning that things aren't working as they should.

Simon.
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Sembee

Its very intermittent, but if you have looked recently you are fine. However my hists are down over 50% on what they should be at this time of the day.

Simon.
geraldonunez

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If I choose to make my single Exchange server a front-end server would I require a back-end server?  I enabled Outlook Mobile Access and I can now browse to https:\\servername\oma with the Pocket PC but now I receive the following error:

"A System error has occurred while processing your request. Please try again. If the problem persists, contact your administrator."

*************************************************************************************
Event ID 1503
An unknown error occurred while processing the current request:
Message: The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden.
Source: Microsoft.Exchange.OMA.ExchangeDataProvider
Stack trace:
   at Microsoft.Exchange.OMA.ExchangeDataProvider.OmaWebRequest.GetRequestStream()
   at Microsoft.Exchange.OMA.ExchangeDataProvider.ExchangeServices.GetSpecialFolders()
   at Microsoft.Exchange.OMA.ExchangeDataProvider.ExchangeServices..ctor(UserInfo user)

Message: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation.
Source: mscorlib
Stack trace:
   at System.Reflection.RuntimeConstructorInfo.InternalInvoke(BindingFlags invokeAttr, Binder binder, Object[] parameters, CultureInfo culture, Boolean isBinderDefault)
   at System.Reflection.RuntimeConstructorInfo.Invoke(BindingFlags invokeAttr, Binder binder, Object[] parameters, CultureInfo culture)
   at System.RuntimeType.CreateInstanceImpl(BindingFlags bindingAttr, Binder binder, Object[] args, CultureInfo culture, Object[] activationAttributes)
   at System.Activator.CreateInstance(Type type, BindingFlags bindingAttr, Binder binder, Object[] args, CultureInfo culture, Object[] activationAttributes)
   at Microsoft.Exchange.OMA.UserInterface.Global.Session_Start(Object sender, EventArgs e)

Message: Exception of type Microsoft.Exchange.OMA.DataProviderInterface.ProviderException was thrown.
EventMessage:
UserMessage: A System error has occurred while processing your request. Please try again. If the problem persists, contact your administrator.
Source: Microsoft.Exchange.OMA.UserInterface
Stack trace:
   at Microsoft.Exchange.OMA.UserInterface.Global.Session_Start(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   at System.Web.SessionState.SessionStateModule.RaiseOnStart(EventArgs e)
   at System.Web.SessionState.SessionStateModule.CompleteAcquireState()
   at System.Web.SessionState.SessionStateModule.BeginAcquireState(Object source, EventArgs e, AsyncCallback cb, Object extraData)
   at System.Web.AsyncEventExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication+IExecutionStep.Execute()
   at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously)


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Microsoft KB817379 (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;817379) suggest to configure the server as a front-end server. But I wonder what effect that will have on the server...

Lalo

Thanks again for all the help!
Sembee

If you have a single server then you cannot make it a frontend server.
Most of Microsoft's solutions try to push you down the frontend/backend scenario, despite this being unsuitable for smaller sites. It is one of my pet peeves that things work fine in FE/BE but not in single server environments. It should be the other way round as larger sites would have people on site who could make registry changes.

For RPC over HTTPS you have to make registry changes. They are outlined in my web page above.

For the OMA and Exchange Active Sync issues you have to carry out the changes outlined in the KB article. One thing you should do before making the changes is turn OFF forms based authentication, then run iisreset. Then complete the steps in the article.

Simon.
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geraldonunez

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Thanks to all that responded!  What I ended up doing was connecting to our VPN first, and then Outlook worked fine once connected.  I know this is not definetely the right answer or how it should work but it seems to fit the need here.  Thanks again.
redseatechnologies

The point of RPC/HTTP is that you don't have to connect to the VPN, and it works much better if you don't (especially for the user)

I really think we should all keep working on this to get it fixed.

-red