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Allow POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP Server Settings to be Viewed By End Users in Outlook Web App

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Online

Topic Last Modified: 2012-11-28

If you have users who use POP3 or IMAP4 to connect to their Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 mailboxes, they need to know the correct server settings to connect. After a default Exchange 2013 installation, your users can’t look up their own incoming POP3 or IMAP4 server settings or outgoing SMTP server settings. However, you can configure Exchange so that your users can look up their own settings using Microsoft Outlook Web App.

After you perform these procedures, your users can look up their server settings in Outlook Web App as follows:

  1. In Outlook Web App, click Settings > Options.
  2. In Options, click Account > My account > Settings for POP or IMAP access.

For additional information related to POP3 and IMAP4, see POP3 and IMAP4.

  • Estimated time to complete: 5 minutes.
  • Procedures in this topic require specific permissions. See each procedure for its permissions information.
  • For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the procedures in this topic, see Keyboard Shortcuts in the Exchange Admin Center.
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Having problems? Ask for help in the Exchange forums. Visit the forums at: Exchange Server, Exchange Online, or Exchange Online Protection.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the "POP3 settings" and "IMAP4 settings" entries in the Clients and Mobile Devices Permissions topic.

This example allows external POP3 server settings to be viewed by end users.

Set-PopSettings -ExternalConnectionSettings {Dublin01.Contoso.com:995:SSL}

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-PopSettings.

This example allows external IMAP4 server settings to be viewed by end users.

Set-ImapSettings -ExternalConnectionSettings {Dublin01.Contoso.com:993:SSL}

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-ImapSettings.

To apply these changes, you must restart IIS. You don’t need to restart the POP3 services. To restart IIS, from a command prompt, enter the following:

iisreset

To verify that you’ve configured Exchange to allow users to view their POP3 server settings:

  1. Run the following command in the Shell.
    Get-PopSettings | format-list
    
  2. Verify that the ExternalConnectionSettings property is set.

To verify that you’ve configured Exchange to allow users to view their IMAP4 server settings:

  1. Run the following command in the Shell.
    Get-ImapSettings | format-list
    
  2. Verify that the ExternalConnectionSettings property is set.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the "Receive connectors" entry in the Mail Flow Permissions topic.

This example allows internal and external SMTP server settings to be viewed by end users using Outlook Web App.

Get-ReceiveConnector "*Client Frontend*" | Set-ReceiveConnector -Fqdn Server.Contoso.com -AdvertiseClientSettings $true 

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-ReceiveConnector.

To verify that you’ve configured Exchange to allow users to view their SMTP server settings:

  1. Run the following command in the Shell.
    Get-ReceiveConnector | format-list
    
  2. If the AdvertiseClientSettings property is set to true, users can view their SMTP server settings in Outlook Web App. If AdvertiseClientSettings is set to false, users can’t view their SMTP sever settings in Outlook Web App.

After you make it possible for end users to view their POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP settings, you may also want to:

Enable or Disable POP3 Access for a User

Enable or Disable IMAP4 Access for a User

 
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