This is Part 2 of a two part series of integrating linux in an enterprise environment.

Part 1 can be found here.

Evolution is a built in office program on most linux distros that supports emails, calendars, and tasks. By default, evolution does not provide support for exchange servers, but using a third party plugin called evolution-exchange, we can access and send mail through exchange servers, as well as access and create calendar and task items. You can even access the Global Contact List to access employee email addresses and see employee free time(for scheduling meetings). With this setup, you can replace Microsoft Outlook[Exchange 2000/2003] on Linux.

To install this plugin on a debian based system, you can open a terminal and type

sudo apt-get install evolution-exchange

Or else open Synaptic and search for evolution exchange, click and install evolution-exchange.


Open Evolution and add an account.[If first time you will be prompted, otherwise do this through preferences]

Enter your email address and go to the next page.

For the Server select Microsoft Exchange.


Now enter your username and then the OWA address for the exchange server. Many times this will just be the exchange server URL.


On the next page for Global Contact server name enter the URL exchange server or the Domain Controller(you might have to test around with this). I later found this page that may be useful.

You should now have full access to your exchange account through Evolution.