Enable POP3 in Exchange 2013

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2017-03-28

Learn how to enable POP3 client connectivity in Exchange 2016 using the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) or the Exchange Management Shell (EMS).

When you install Exchange Server 2016, POP3 client connectivity isn't enabled. To enable POP3 client connectivity, you need to start two POP3 services, the Microsoft Exchange POP3 service and the Microsoft Exchange POP3 Backend service. When you enable POP3, Exchange 2016 accepts unsecured POP3 client communications on port 110 and over port 995 using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

You manage both POP3 and POP3 Backend services on the same Exchange 2016 computer running the Mailbox server role. In Exchange 2016, Client Access services are part of the Mailbox server role so you no longer manage the services separately.

For more information about how to set up POP3 and IMAP4, see POP3 and IMAP4 in Exchange Server 2013.

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On the computer running the Mailbox server role:

  1. In the Services snap-in, in the console tree, click Services (Local).

  2. In the result pane, right-click Microsoft Exchange POP3, and then click Properties.

  3. In the result pane, right-click Microsoft Exchange POP3 Backend, and then click Properties.

  4. On the General tab, under Startup type, select Automatic, and then click Apply.

  5. Under Service status, click Start, and then click OK.

On the computer running the Mailbox server role:

  1. Set the Microsoft Exchange POP3 service to start automatically.

    Set-service msExchangePOP3 -startuptype automatic
    
  2. Start the Microsoft Exchange POP3 service.

    Start-service msExchangePOP3
    
  3. Set the Microsoft Exchange POP3 Backend service to start automatically.

    Set-service msExchangePOP3BE -startuptype automatic
    
  4. Start the Microsoft Exchange POP3 Backend service.

    Start-service msExchangePOP3BE
    

On the Exchange 2016 Mailbox server, open Windows Task Manager. On the Services tab, the status for MSExchangePOP3 and for MSExchangePOP3BE will show as Running if POP3 is enabled.

 
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