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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.

The 2010 Exchange server is fully compatible with Apple Mail. In 10.9 or later, it is also possible to add Exchange accounts via the system preferences ("Internet Accounts").

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. Confirm them with "Continue".

Now you can choose which apps are allowed to use the account:

The same options are available in the "Internet Accounts" preferences.

If the autodiscover function fails, you will have to enter the account information manually.

Enter the domain and your username (e.g. "gwdg\plangst2"), your password and the server address (

After confirming the account information, Mail will create your account.

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. If your are using IMAP, the information must be entered manually.

After clicking "Continue" you can add the missing information. The server address is

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, using SSL with authentication via password again.

After confirming the account information, Mail will create your account.

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.