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Open source Exchange tutorial?

Posted on 2013-01-14
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Last Modified: 2013-03-15
G'day guys,

I'm looking for a way to sync outlook 2007/2010 Email, Calendar and Contacts with a Linux Open Source alternative.

I realize there are solutions out there but I don't want to pay for it if I can help it.

So far I have tried the Horde coupled with ISPConfig to give the active-sync capabilities but doesn't work with Outlook only with Mobile devices.

I have looked at SOGo but I haven't found a good tutorial that enables me to implement this system. Also I'm not looking for a ZEG (Zero Effort Groupware) because I will need to install and configure on a VPS.

Ideas, suggestions, even tutorials would be fantastic and much appreciated.

Thank you

Question by:sjswarts
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Expert Comment

ID: 38785243
It is called Outlook Web Access or whatever 2012.

Author Comment

ID: 38785612
Please read the opening statement:

sync outlook 2007/2010 Email, Calendar and Contacts with a Linux Open Source alternative

Outlook Web Access is proprietary software. I'm looking for something along the lines of SOGo/SOPE coupled with OpenChange and Samba4.

But my issue is there isn't any start to finish tutorial that I have been able to find.
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ID: 38786034
1) you cannot extract mail from outlook PST
2) There is no open-source exchange protocol client
3) There are some connectors in some mail clients wich connect webmail (OWA and stuff) included with exchange
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Author Comment

ID: 38786083
I'm afraid you either misunderstand me or don't know about this:


Also Zarafa


As you can see there are a few different Linux based Groupware's that actually do give an "Exchange" like connection to outlook. Albeit somewhat limited, but that is fine by me. I just want to have email, contacts and calendar.
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Expert Comment

ID: 38792245
Probably I misunderstood the request - if you want opensource exchange client or exchange server...

Both pieces of software allow ldap directory and imap mail client to make outlook happy. still there is no shared calendar. Thus works same way with thunderbird.
Opengroupware sells commercial zide-plugin which makes it totally resemble exchange..

Author Comment

ID: 38800156
How about http://www.openchange.org/ 

I talked to the people at Samba4 and they said that this was the complete replacement to Exchange - I assumed that it would include Email, Calendar and Contacts.

No where does it say it is limited, but it does say to enable access to Outlook the SOGo connector needs to be installed.

I will attempt to setup a server using this method. Normally Debian is my distribution of choice but that may change if the Ubuntu LTS method doesn't directly correspond to the Debian Squeeze system.

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sjswarts earned 0 total points
ID: 38971526
I found this by accident - checking the mailing lists for openchange - anyway if anyone wants to know about an opensource AD and Exchange replacement that pretty much mimics Microsoft here is the tutorial :


I'm working through it now, but it apparently works fine.

Also some guy made a script to install openchange onto Debian :


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Author Closing Comment

ID: 38988361
I found that no one who commented knew about these options. In my opinion they are viable solutions, I would recommend anyone to do research into these areas for their own situation.

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