Configure Evolution on Ubuntu 9.10 for use with Exchange

1 Nov

I downloaded and installed the final release of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala on my Dell M4400.  So far I’m very impressed with the fit and finish of this latest Linux release.  Evolution is one of the many e-mail clients avaialble for Linux but one of the very few with the ability to access your corporate Microsoft Exchange Server by default.  It is very similar to Outlook on your Windows desktop so you will feel right at home with this release.  Below is a walkthrough of how to connect Evolution to your Exchange 2003 server.

When you launch Evolution you will be presented with the following setup screens:

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The first dialog box presented is “Restore from backup” which, as the title suggests, restore from a previous backup.  I skipped this step as this is a new installation.


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The next dialog box is “Identity” which is where you enter your Full Name and e-mail address associated with the Exchange account you are trying to setup.   If this is your primary account you can leave the checkbox checked for “Make this my default account” as I did above.

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In the “Receiving Email” dialog bx that appears next you will enter your Outlook username and Outlook Web Address URL.  If you are unsure what it is it will typically take the form of  https://domain name/exchange/.  Be sure to include /exchange after the URL if applicable.  Then press Authenticate to enter your Exchange password.  If successful you will see your Exchange mailbox username appear in he Mailbox: field.


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In the “Receiving Options” dialog box you will see several options to set the frequency and limits of your Exchange e-mail box.  You can simply leve the defaults or modify them to your liking as I did above to improve security and frequency of e-mail delivery.

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In the “Account Management” dialog box you configure the name of your newly configured account.  Work, Personal, or your Company Name works well here. 

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Then that’s it…  Just press the Apply button and you are immediately brought to the Evolution application with its new configuration.  It will immediately start downloading your e-mail and associated folders, including Calendar, Tasks, Memos (Notes in Outlook), and Contacts.

7 Responses to Configure Evolution on Ubuntu 9.10 for use with Exchange



November 30th, 2009 at 3:08 am

And what about Exchange 2007 ?
with former releases of evolution, it seems impossible to connect…


Cary Brown

December 1st, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I have not tested this with Exchange 2007… I tried this a year ago with no success connecting to 2007. Typically Evolution utilizes OWA to connect to the server via HTTPS so that would be the direction I would pursue first.


Michael McShane

January 1st, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I have gotten this to work with Evolution and Exchange 2007. The only caveat is that you need to install evolution mapi for it to work.
1. sudo apt-get install evolution-mapi
2. Select the Server Type: Exchange MAPI

I was able to create meetings, email and tasks in the Ubuntu Evolution client successfully.
One thing I an now struggling with is making this work with Exchange 2010 but I will get it.
Good luck.


January 2nd, 2010 at 10:03 pm

i think evolution is the way to go it has more going for it


Alessandro Bortolussi

January 24th, 2010 at 10:07 am

Personally I experience various issues with the integration with Exchange Server. One of them is the fact that mail filters don’t work, unless I select all emails in Inbox and press Ctrl + Y. Any way to fix this? This seems a bug which has remained there since a long time…


Andrew Jones

May 27th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

You have to make changes to evolution-mapi to persuade it to work with Exchange 2010. Tutorial:



January 19th, 2011 at 6:54 am

It works fully with Exchange 2010 now

Connecting Evolution Mail Client to Exchange 2010

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