Ramblings From The Litter Tray of Life

Entourage 2008 and Exchange 2007

Posted by graycat on 8 September 2010

Some of you may be like me as in completely OS and vendor neutral (ok as far as can be expected) and use both Microsoft and other software vendors. If you use a Mac then you will most likely be aware of Office 2008:Mac from Microsoft. Which, credit where credit is due, is not a bad suite of software. I particularly like Entourage which I rate higher than most version of Outlook for usability and basic functionality for a base user.

However recently I’ve run into a problem. What occurred after an Exchange upgrade from 2003 to 2007 was that Entourage would not connect properly. Initially this was annoying then frustrating and then a blessing in disguise as I work too much and needed down time.

Recently though I’ve had to do some travelling for work and needed both my Mac and a local copy of my e-mails. Mac’s inbuilt e-mail program just wasn’t cutting it so it was time to sort out Entourage.

A lot of research points towards the lack of WebDAV in Exchange 2007 out of the box as being the culprit and to be honest it is. Microsoft has changed a lot of the back end and IIS configuration of Exchange in 2007 and a lot of things just plain aren’t there by default.

Now you can add WebDAV back in pretty easily as well as setup the sub-folders that are no longer in IIS but to my mind this was a last resort really. I mean, why have a new bit of tech only to hobble it by adding old bits back in? Ok, it’s not exactly killing Exchange by putting those bits back in but the thought still stood.

After a lot more research I ran across a page on the Microsoft Mactopia site (who comes up with these names? Seriously.) which discussed Entourage working with the new web services in Exchange 2007. A quick review and a download later and I had the addon. The install is very quick and easy as you would expect with Entourage asking to import settings as per a new build. Supplying my e-mail details and it was away but would it connect?

Simple answer is yes it does and it just works.

So that was it. In a nutshell to get Entourage to work with a vaguely standard Exchange 2007 or even a secured one, first download the addon for Entourage Web Services and you’ll be good to go.

If only everything else was as simple as that when you know how, huh?

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