POP3 & IMAP 4 Access

Note : Republished Article – Cleaning up my old Blog

Hello World !!

More and more organizations are using Outlook Web Access (OWA) to grant access to the messaging services. A user can easily connect to its mailbox and read emails from a browser. However, some customers still needs to allow access through protocol such as POP3 or IMAP4.

I recently needed to configure the POP3 and IMAP4 services in Exchange 2007. Because it’s not a task that i perform on a regular base, i wanted to be sure that the configuration was ok. I checked that the POP3/IMAP4 services were running and that the protocol was enabled for the users. So, i was ready to test the configuration and tried to connect to the mailbox of the exchange administrator (using the exchange admin account)….

The test didn’t complete as expected. I was not able to connect to the POP3 inbox. I quickly checked the event viewer and notice the event ID 1005 stating that the protocol was disabled….

This is a new behavior introduced by Exchange 2007 in order to increase security on your Exchange servers… By googling a little bit, i quickly found the soution to this small issue.

(..) The Administrator account is blocked from accessing its mailbox by using POP3 or IMAP4. This behavior is by design in Exchange 2007 to enhance security for the Administrator mailbox (…)

I will try to remember this…I have to say it’s the second time it happens to me….Sometimes it’s hard to get rid of your old habits….

Till Next Time

See ya

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