[Synckolab] Interoperability with Microsoft IMAP

Niko Berger niko.berger at corinis.com
Wed Mar 5 03:02:57 PST 2008

Hi Evert,
Actually, kolab already works with exchange (exchange has imap... thus 
the contacts/events can be shared). The Problem described by sergey is 
actually that the exchange web-interface doesnt seem to be able to 
recognize the generated icals-mails as events.
If you want an easy transition from exchange to kolab I suggest taking a 
look at the kolab mailing list. I am sure there are already a few 
success stories from ppl who did exactly that.
On the client side: there is a kolab plugin for outlook. So basically 
the transition is a server-side thing only.
Once you are running a kolab server you can have quite a lot of 
different clients (including outlook, kontact, thunderbird with 
synckolab, even cellphones via syncml).


Evert Mouw wrote:
> Currently, I'm administering an Exchange server. It's too much effort to 
> get rid of it, and I like the calendaring strength of Exchange with 
> Outlook. Still, is Kolab could replace that... So I think gettingKolab 
> solutions to work with Exchange could be cool to make a transition 
> easier. I will email a IMAP test account on an Exchange 2003 server to 
> Sergey and Niko.
> Regards, Evert Mouw
> Niko Berger wrote:
>> Sergey Koulik wrote:
>>> Hi Niko,
>>> I have been tracking evolution of your extension for a long time.
>>> My problem is that organization I work at is tied to Microsoft's 
>>> solutions namely microsoft exchange server and outlook.
>>> I've being used thunderbird and I always missed server-side 
>>> calendaring functionality.
>>> Your extension is promising for my needs. It works somehow for 
>>> microsoft's IMAP server, but not very satisfactory.
>>> Please take a look at attached screenshots - you'll see problem with 
>>> events/tasks titles. They are not recognized by microsoft's products.
>>> I use latest nightly build to test.
>>> I understand that you are focusing on other problems now, but this 
>>> thing is a really must have at least for me. I can do additional 
>>> testing and provide needed information - just drop a line to me.
>>> -- 
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Sergey Koulik 
>> Hi Sergey,
>> Since I do not own a Exchange license, I cant really help you there too 
>> much. I don't know what format exchange/outlook require for the 
>> icals/vcards in order to be recognized. Thats also the main flaw of the 
>> ical/vcard format - it defines the structure, but not the vocabulary 
>> (actually kinda similar to the current discussion about the Ms-ooxml 
>> document format discussion going on).
>> Maybe this is only a small problem with mail headers or something like 
>> that. What you could do is to get some mails together that are 
>> recognized by outlook/exchange and send me these messages as 
>> attachments. Then I can have a look at the mail structure and maybe find 
>> something that will help with this problem.
>> niko

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