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Exchange 2007 - IMAP Calendaring.

I am reading through my exchange 2007 book and its talking about advanced imap configuration for calendaring: Here are my options:

Intranet URL
Internet URL
Custom (Owa)

What i dont get is how to use these? I thought that i could use exchange calendaring with any ical compliant program or better yet use owa as "my calendar server" for windows mail or for Thunderbird?

Meaning that a user who does not have an exchange aware mail program such as outlook could use imap and these calendaring options to access there exchange calendar?

Am i off the mark here? or am i missing something?

Pelase Advise...


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You can use OWA to be your Calendar as well as Email. The OWA client is very close to the actual Outlook client. I have never seen iCal on my Exchange server anywhere to enable. Exchange does support IMAP and if you have it enabled your users can use IMAP fine. Just remember IMAP is a mailbox, no calendar. Exchange also will serve POP3 if you want.

You need to have IIS installed on your Exchange server, or on a front-end server for access from the Internet.

For front-end server do:

# Run the Exchange Server Setup program.
# When you select components to install, click to clear all check boxes apart from OWA.
# Continue with Setup. You are prompted for the name of the Exchange Server computer that OWA will use to look up directory information for mailboxes.

For install on your Exchange server you will need to re-run the setup and choose to install OWA. If you installed OWA during the initial Exchange server install then you just need to start up your web browser and point to your OWA server.
castellansolutionsAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your response. I get how to use owa and i get how to use other aspects of exchange. However i am trying to understad (that since owa doesnt support ical) why the options for it are listed under the Retrieval settings of the IMAP4 properties in Server Configuration > Retrival Settings.

Thats my Confusion...


castellansolutionsAuthor Commented:
I got it figured out, that (like it says) is just the retrival format for calendar items, so i can set it up to use ical and then an ical compliant message is sent out (to my box when i am selected as a recipitnet).

Thunderbird can read it and so can windows mail, or i can choose to use an OWA server to use outlook webparts and have the link sent to the users account - (in this case mine).

It then links it and i can access the calendar item from my web browser.

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