Outlook 2013 and ActiveSync

[sc:software-category ]I’ve been playing with Zarafa’s mail server for a few weeks and added the ActiveSync option to try and get Outlook 2013 to sync with it.  Only one problem…

Microsoft has purposely broken Outlook to only sync to Outlook.com and a few other providers the ActiveSync.

There is a workaround, when setting up the e-mail account in Outlook, an error will be displayed a “Server cannot be found” error, which is not correct.  Instead of canceling the setup you have to force Outlook to close via task manager and then restart Outlook.  The account will then be added.

Once restarted Outlook will sync correctly but the ActiveSync account cannot be your primary mail store so you get a local mail store as well as the remote ActiveSync account.

Clearly this is Microsoft protecting their Exchange server position in the enterprise and I don’t blame them for doing that, but its still kind of disappointing.

Greg

Greg

Greg is the head cat at JumbleCat, with over 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has done everything from programming to hardware solutions. You can contact Greg via the contact form on the main menu above.

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Greg

Greg is the head cat at JumbleCat, with over 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has done everything from programming to hardware solutions. You can contact Greg via the contact form on the main menu above.