Connecting a Mac to Microsoft Exchange

Published by on February 10th, 2010

“Mac to Exchange” … “Come in Exchange, do you read me?”

Getting a shiny new Mac to connect to Microsoft Exchange is simple, as it should be right?  Apple prides itself on “It just works.”, so it should just work without a lot of complicated setup.  Lucky for us, talking to Exchange does just work, especially when talking to it from Snow Leopard, OS X 10.6.

Connect to Exchange using Entourage 2008

For those of you using OS X 10.5, or earlier, or just want to stick with the Microsoft Office stack of tools, Entourage is your best option. Setting up Entourage is very simple.

  1. From the “Entourage” menu, select “Account Settings…”
    1. Exchange mail using Entourage 2008: Step 1

     

  2. Click “Add” and then choose “Exchange…”
    1. Exchange mail using Entourage 2008: Step 2

     

  3. Enter your e-mail address, put a check mark next to “My account is on an Exchange server” and click “Configure Account Manually”.
    1. Exchange mail using Entourage 2008: Step 3

     

  4. Give your account a meaningful name, and complete the rest of the form.
    1. Exchange mail using Entourage 2008: Step 4

     

  5. Click “OK” and the new account will appear in the list.
    1. Exchange mail using Entourage 2008: Step 5

     

  6. Close the “Accounts” window and your inbox on your new account will appear if all the settings are correct.
    1. Exchange mail using Entourage 2008: Step 6

Connect to Exchange using Apple Mail

For those of you using Snow Leopard, OS X 10.6, Apple Mail can natively speak with Exchange. Using Mail, iCal and Address Book, you can interact with your Exchange information in a more native manner.

The first time you open Apple Mail it collects some information about your mail account. If you already use Apple Mail for another account, you can add a new one by clicking the “File” menu and then selecting “Add Account…”.

  1. Enter your full name, email address, password and click “Continue”.
    1. Exchange mail using Apple Mail: Step 1

     

  2. Select the account type of “Exchange 2007” and fill in the rest of the information as asked.
    1. Exchange mail using Apple Mail: Step 2

     

  3. You can confirm your settings, and click “Create
    1. Exchange mail using Apple Mail: Step 3

     

  4. And there you go…Your inbox comes pouring down.
    1. Exchange mail using Apple Mail: Step 4

     

  5. In addition to email, iCal and Address Book give you access to your Exchange contacts and calendar.
    1. Exchange mail using Apple Mail: Step 5

     

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  1. Lisa
    February 17th, 2012 at 09:07 | #1

    Hi. It is asking for the domain, and I am not sure what to put in the spot. I cannot get the screen shot large enough to read what you have listed. I have snow leopard and Entourage 2008. Am I missing a step here?

    If you could provide some assistance, I would appreciate it.

    Thanks!

  2. March 5th, 2012 at 06:25 | #2

    @Lisa
    The Domain name refers to the Active Directory domain name. i.e. [domain\username]. You will need to contact your exchange administrator to find out what to put there.

  3. Tom
    November 1st, 2011 at 00:25 | #3

    Just what I wanted to know. Cheers

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