How to put email back onto a POP3 Server

I have accidently retrieved email from one of my POP3 servers without checking the option to leave messages on the server. NOw all the emails are downloaded locally to my machine. Is there anyway to put them back on the mail server? I still want to be able to remotely connect from anywhere to the owa server but now all the emails are locally on my PC. How can I put them back after retrieving them via POP3.

nichiaiincAsked:
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SteveH_UKCommented:
You can't do this using OWA or POP, but if you can configure a normal Exchange login using MAPI rather than POP, you can drag the messages back into the mailbox.

Are you using a hosted provider?  If so, you'll need to talk to them if they don't provide direct Exchange access.
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Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
Foreward them back to yourself. Bit messy, but gets the content there.
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nichiaiincAuthor Commented:
Say for example it wasnt exchange server, and just a standard CPANEL hosting provider with POP3, is there anyway to get these emails back on the server?

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SteveH_UKCommented:
You'll either need to forward them back to yourself as Malmensa suggests or talk to the provider.  The POP protocol does not support puttiing messages back.
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nichiaiincAuthor Commented:
Well I wouldnt want to forward the emails as they would get messy as you said. Lets say I have access to the server, what would be the plan of action at that point?

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SteveH_UKCommented:
It entirely depends on the software on the server.  This is not a supported operation so it really depends on what your hosting provider can offer.  With Exchange, they'd be able to merge the messages fairly easily.  In other cases it could be extremely difficult.

I'd recommend you have this conversation with your hosting provider.  At the very least, find out exactly which mail server and mailbox provider they are using.
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nichiaiincAuthor Commented:
I'm curious why nobody has mentioned, asking the hosting company to enable the IMAP port and then just add the account to my outlook client as IMAP drag and drop all the mails so they upload back to the email account and then they will be all located there. Is this not possible??
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SteveH_UKCommented:
Depends on the IMAP server.  It may work.

Part of the reason you are getting the responses you are getting is that you have been a little unclear in what technologies you are using.  In your question you indicate specifically POP and Microsoft Exchange Server.  However, your comments indicate that it is a hosted solution and is not using Exchange.  In many hosted scenarios, you don't have the option of POP or IMAP, it is one or the other, and you hadn't indicated that IMAP was an option.

Nevertheless, an IMAP solution may work.
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nichiaiincAuthor Commented:
Sorry I left it vague. My problem was directly related to exchange server and downloading via POP. But SteveH_UK your first response is spot on, as I think MAPI is the same thing as the way to connect to exchange via HTTPS, I think its RPC or somethign, I forgot the acronym, but I believe it makes a connection directly to the exchange server and you could just drag an drop. When I was getting different answers I thuoght I would just open the question up answer both if it was exchange versus it was with just some centos w/cpanel system configured as I'm sure other people might have it configured this way, hence I was wondering if there was a solution to people who would run into the problem where they downloaded the email on accident but wanted it left on the server. With this mistake seeming to be something very easy to do, I'm shocked there is no such feature to enable you to post it back to the server, etc.
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SteveH_UKCommented:
The POP protocol is designed for scenarios where the e-mail is not stored centrally.  Think of it as a post room in a company.  It has limited space and so people have to remove their e-mail from there.  It is a relatively old protocol and was designed for the times when 10 MB was a reasonably large amount of storage.

MAPI refers to the way a programmer connects to a mail system from a Windows computer.  The main provider of a MAPI mail system is Microsoft Exchange, but there are a few others around.  A MAPI system is designed for much more than just e-mail, calendaring is one example.  A MAPI system is also designed for the e-mail to be stored on a central server and so it allows for e-mail to be moved around.

Using HTTP(S)/RPC with Exchange is just a way of using MAPI from outside the company network without also using a VPN.  It was new in Exchange 2003 and is now the preferred remote access technology.  It has exactly the same functionality as operating within the company network.  Note that MAPI and POP are mutually exclusive.  You use one or the other, but not both.

Now if the mails are on your computer and not visible in Outlook Web Access, you have a different problem.  It probably means that you have moved them from your Exchange mailbox ("Mailbox - Your Name" in Outlook) into a Personal Folders File (more recently called Outlook Data File or just PST).

If you can access your Exchange server and your PST from Outlook, you can just drag-and-drop the messages back.  Actually, they don't need to be in Outlook.  Many types of file can be dropped straight into your Exchange mailbox using Outlook.

Note that you can't drag-and-drop messages or files into Outlook Web Access.

Hope that helps.
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nichiaiincAuthor Commented:
SteveH_UKBrilliant response and very detailed! Thank you for the breakdown of that with a very detailed explanation. I am going to award all points to you but just before I close this question, since you know a lot about this topic, could you please answer the question about about the https/RPC. This is the main reason this happened to me. I have some clients that connect to a exchange server from outside the office (actually outside the country of where the exchange server is located). When I went through the outlook client setup for exchange over https, it was telling me that the location will be stored locally, but I didn't see any option to keep the mail on the server. Hence, I went with setting up the client to use pop and leave a copy on the server so that the email would not be downloaded locally. How do I setup the RPC to leave the messages on the server, then this would solve all my problems.

Thanks much again SteveH
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SteveH_UKCommented:
When you setup the client to use HTTP/RPC the mail is kept on the server.  If you want the mail to also be on the client, you need to use Cached Exchange Mode.  This keeps the client and the server synchronized.  If you use POP, you create two separate connections to Exchange.  The POP connection moves the e-mail into a separate PST file and so the mail is then unavailable.

When you are using Exchange HTTP(S)/RPC you do not have to store the e-mail on the client machine at all.  The main reason to do so is for performance and to reduce the amount of bandwidth that you use.

See http://www.amset.info/exchange/ for a range of articles on configuring Exchange.
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nichiaiincAuthor Commented:
Well, here is where the actually problem lies and this is what got me into this mess in the first place. I setup the outlook client thinking that the copies would be stored on the server even though I get the message telling me otherwise, and when I finished the setup, it pulled all the data and stored it on the local PC. Basically, after reading your post I went back into the client pc and attempted to added the exchange server account again through a different profile, and just before clicking next to confirm adding the account I get this message:

"Mail from this Microsoft Exchange Server account will be delivered to the existing Personal Folder on your local copmuter. If you wish to keep your mail on your server, you must change the default delivery location using the E-mail accounts command from the Tools menu. Do you wish to continue?"

This is a pop up that comes up after I set all the configurations to use https over RPC. Now, if in fact it sets it up by default to keep the messages on the server, what am I doing wrong, I don't believe I am checking any option to tell it to download it locally, but it seems to want to do this. If you could answer this one question, it would solve all my problems.

Cheers!
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SteveH_UKCommented:
This means that you've already configured the mail profile to deliver new mail to the PST (Personal folders file).  I'd recommend starting with a wholly new account, rather than adding an Exchange account to an existing profile.

See "how to set the default delivery location" in this article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/195719.
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nichiaiincAuthor Commented:
Thanks Steve, you have solved my problem completely!
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SteveH_UKCommented:
You're welcome.  Glad we got it sorted!
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