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luciuswillson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

is there a way to set up mail in mountain lion like iOS?  I ask this because I have no problem with my mail on my iPad with my works exchange.  I just assumed that the macbook pro 13 retina would act the same way.  I took my new 13in macbook to work the other day and tried to set up the mail and got an exchange server error.  I called tech and they said they wouldnt set up a personal computer to their system and that macs basically were a pain in the ***.  So what I am asking is there a way to set up mail in mountain lion like the ipad that lets me get my exchange email.

 

Thanks

  • 1. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Yes but you might have to use some other email program other then Apple Mac Mail.

     

    Not sure about the Exchange settings but if you have them recorded from when you setup your iPad they should be exactly the same on any email program. This is any Good Email program. Which in my opinion Mac Mail isn't.

     

    Your IT staff is correct.

  • 2. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    luciuswillson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    what are some good email programs?

  • 3. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    Mail is a perfectly good program, and should work well with the Exchange server if it is configured properly.

     

    However, it is true that many employers have an IT security policy that restricts the access of their exchange servers to only company owned equipment.

     

    My last employer prohibited the use of personal computers with the office network. If you connected to it, they would track you down and disconnect your equipment.

     

    My iPhone worked because it was connected via my mobile carrier, AT&T.

  • 4. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    luciuswillson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Im sure mail is a wonderfull app when configured.  Part of my problem though is my employer wont configure it for me.  So that is why I am askig for anouther program that I can use.  Again I wish mail acted like ios mail.

  • 5. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    Then you don't understand. All email programs have the same configuration settings. If you can't get Mail to work, you won't be able to use any of the others either.

     

    You were previously advised to copy the settings from your iPhone. Concentrate on that.

     

    Your tech people said that they didn't want to setup a personal computer. Good luck with violating the wishes.

  • 6. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (16,220 points)

    I agree with Lanny's last paragraph.

     

    Maybe this will help:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3748

  • 7. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Let me ask is it YOUR iPad or the Companies iPad that they setup? If it is the Companies iPad then you are going to have to use that exclusively to get your work email.

  • 8. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    luciuswillson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The ipad is mine.  I have set up various ipads, iphones, and androids to get work email on them.  I guess I just thought that mountain lion mail would act similer to IOS mail and I would not have to be at work to get email.  I understand my employer not wanting to set up a personal computer.  But I really don't see the difference between me getting my email on a ipad or my computer.

     

    I guess Ill have to keep my HP on at work to get my email and my ipad at home to do the same.

     

    Thanks

  • 9. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Well in all honesty Mac Mail is not that different then any other email program when it comes to setting up accounts on it. You will more then likely have to do the setup Manually instead of allowing Mac Mail to Auto Configure the port # and IMAP/Exchange, SMTP server addresses.

     

    If you did that on your iPad the settings are Exactly the same. There is no difference in those settings no matter what type of device you are setting up. EMail is EMail is EMail whether setup on a phone, pad or computer and no matter what email program you are using on any of those devices.

     

    If you didn't right down those settings you may be able to get them from the iPad. Sorry I have no idea where you would find them on the iPad as I have never used an iPad. But they are in the settings for the email program you are using on the iPad.

     

    As to another email program you should look at Thunderbird from Mozilla. It is free.

  • 10. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

    Shootist007 wrote:

     

    Yes but you might have to use some other email program other then Apple Mac Mail.

     

    Not sure about the Exchange settings but if you have them recorded from when you setup your iPad they should be exactly the same on any email program.

    Unfortunately the iPad does not use the same settings as a Mac or a PC (unless running Outook 2013) would.

     

    Mobile devices (IOS or Android) use Exchange ActivSync and Macs/PC's use Exchange Web Services (with the 1 exception I noted). that method will not work.

     

    To the OP. Ask your IT dept for the EWS settings and password required to add your Mac.

     

    Please note that it is not Mail that is being configured, it is the Mac itself, once connected to an Exchange server you can use any Exchange compliant clients.

  • 11. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)
    I understand my employer not wanting to set up a personal computer.  But I really don't see the difference between me getting my email on a ipad or my computer.

     

    You're still missing the point. It's not that they don't want to set it up for you. It's that they don't want any personally owned computers hooked directly their network. They can't control what anyone may have on their personally owned computers, i.e., viruses, keyloggers and malware. Allowing the use of unmanaged personal computers on a secure network is an invitation to disaster. Many companies have such policies. My old employer even banned the use of wifi in the building.

     

    The mobile carrier's connection to your iPad or iPhone acts as a buffer bewtween you and your company's computers.

  • 12. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    As to them not wanting to setup your personal computer it may not be that they don't want you to get your email on it. It is more then likely they do not want you to connect your personal computer to the Company Network.

     

    You should take your computer in with you and tell them you do not want to connect your Computer to the Company network but that you want them to setup a Mail program so you can access your work Email from home on your Mac computer.

     

    I think they were under the assumption that you want to to connect your personal computer to the Company Network.

     

    You have to explain that is not what you want. You just want to be able to get your Work Email on it when you are at home.

  • 13. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Thanks C. Learn something new each day. I've never dealt with an Exchange system and hopefully I never will.

  • 14. Re: Mountain lion mail set up
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

    Lanny wrote:

     

    I understand my employer not wanting to set up a personal computer.  But I really don't see the difference between me getting my email on a ipad or my computer.

     

    You're still missing the point. It's not that they don't want to set it up for you. It's that they don't want any personally owned computers hooked directly their network.

    One rather bizzare thing though is the relatively casual manner with which some (not all) companies treat mobile devices, it is often very easy to attach a smartphone to the account, (email address and password is generally all that is required) security tends to be lax

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