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Apple Mail

1. General Information

Mail, the e-mail client for Mac OS X, provides a clear and intuitive way to manage mail. Accounts can be integrated with different protocols, and support for multiple server types. The newer the version of OS X, the more server types are supported. The combination of Mail (Version 5 under Lion) and Exchange 2010 server offers the possibility to use the calendar and task functions.

2. Configuration

When you first start Mail, the window for creating a new Account opens automatically. If you want to add a new account to the existing, you can use the "Preferences ..." and the "Account" tab and click on the plus sign in the bottom left corner to open an new window where you can enter your account information.


For the Unix server it is best to use IMAP. The 2010 Exchange server is fully compatible with Apple Mail.

2.1 Exchange

Enter the following information in the appropriate fields:

  • Full name
  • E-mail address
  • Password


Confirm this information by clicking the button "Create" or "Continue". Using an account on the 2010 Exchange mail server the required data (eg, input and output servers) can be filled automatically. You must confirm their information with "Create", only and the account will be set up by Mail.

2.2 IMAP

Again, the following information has to be provided:

  • Full name
  • E-mail
  • password

Confirm this information with the button "Create" or "Continue".

Mail tries to retrieve the necessary information for the account from the server. However, this only works with Exchange 2010 servers, with Unix servers, the information must be entered manually. To do this click on "Cancel" while Mail is trying to get the information from the server.

After clicking "Continue" you can add the missing information.

  • Unix server

Server for incoming mail:

Server for outgoing mail:

  • 2010 Exchange

Server for incoming mail:

Server for outgoing mail:

First, Mail asks for server and settings for incoming mail. With the option "Security settings for incoming mail" SSL should be enabled, using the authentication method "password". Then the server for outgoing mail can be entered. Again, using SSL with authentication via password. After an overview of the information the account can be set up and brought online.


3. Other Information

3.1 Alias Addresses

If you want to use different email addresses (aliases of the same account) for sending mails, additional addresses can be added to the mail account under Settings -> Accounts in the account information. These email aliases can be added by entering them separated by a comma in the "Email Addresses" field of the account. When sending mail, the desired address can then be selected from a drop-down menu.

3.2 Signatures

Signatures in Mail are set up globally in the settings.

3.3 Calendar and Address Book (Exchange)

If an account on a 2010 Exchange server is integrated, you can activate the synchronization of calendar and tasks by checking the corresponding marks before taking the account online.