Sync'ing e-mail servers (via imap?)

Posted on 2006-11-16
Last Modified: 2010-03-06
I have outsourced my e-mail to and it works well.  I want to have exchange web mail.  I found a company that does that but they want me to redirect my mx records to them.  Since my e-mail at is rarely down can anyone think of a method whereby the exchange server at the place that will host my exchange web mail, could sync with the servers at  I have asked both of them. says they have customers do it - i.e. sync the mail on the server at with their own internal exchange server, but they do not know how it is done.

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Vahik earned 250 total points
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it is called POP3 connector...
install an exchange server on ur internal network
use POP3 connector to download emails to ur exchange server
use OWA to access ur emails on ur internal exchange server(OWA works greate with IP address...http://ipaddress/exchange)
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ID: 17962192
Yup - that'll get the e-mail to my exchange server - but when a user deletes a e-mail from the exchange server, that deletion will not mirror back to the mail servers at -- that is why I was looking for an imap method - maybe one doesn't exist.


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Sembee earned 250 total points
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Not possible.
OWA is a frontend to the Exchange server. Once Exchange has control of the email, that is it. If you want OWA then you need to have your email on the Exchange server - end of story.

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People are doing it with offlineimap (somehow) ...  i am thinking of having exchange get the mail and then synchronizing it back to with offlineimap.  -gsgi

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Expert Comment

ID: 17964673
Don't confuse client options with server options.

IMAP is a client to server application. Exchange is NOT an email client, it is an email server.


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