SBS 2003 R2 POP3 connector

The POP3 connector for Small Business Server has been around for a long time, but i’ve largely avoided it due to inherent quirkiness. This week I’ve used it three times with great success. It’s very easy to set up (in the R2 release) and seems to work without much trouble. To set it up, go to Server Management, Internet and Email, POP3… and set up POP3 connector. It will start the service and allow you to manage your accounts. From there, all you have to do is specify the user’s POP3 server, account name and password, and any applicable security requirements, and specify the pre-existing Exchange mailbox into which the downloaded email files should be dropped.

from there, the server will download email messages from the POP3 server or servers you specified at the schedule you specified (maximum frequency: 15 minutes) and place them into the specified user mailboxes in Exchange. 1, 2, 3. my only complaint is the limitation of being only able to download messages every 15 minutes or longer. I’d prefer to download every 1 to 5 minutes, but 15 will do, and this makes it very easy to migrate from oldschool POP email to Exchange.

the next step i’d recommend is appriver. JMARK can hook you up with that if you’re in the market.

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