“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.
- From the “Entourage” menu, select “Account Settings…”
- Click “Add” and then choose “Exchange…”
- Enter your e-mail address, put a check mark next to “My account is on an Exchange server” and click “Configure Account Manually”.
- Give your account a meaningful name, and complete the rest of the form.
- Click “OK” and the new account will appear in the list.
- Close the “Accounts” window and your inbox on your new account will appear if all the settings are correct.
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…”.
- Enter your full name, email address, password and click “Continue”.
- Select the account type of “Exchange 2007” and fill in the rest of the information as asked.
- You can confirm your settings, and click “Create”
- And there you go…Your inbox comes pouring down.
- In addition to email, iCal and Address Book give you access to your Exchange contacts and calendar.