NHSmail on Thunderbird

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MrPez
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NHSmail on Thunderbird

Post by MrPez » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:29 pm

I had to spend quite a bit of time faffing about to get this to work and found very little help on the net so thought I'd put the instructions on here. I know Exquilla works but it isn't open source so this seems a better solution.

NHS.net accounts use Outlook Web Access and this isn't natively supported in Thunderbird. Here's how I got it going:

Thunderbird should already be installed but you also need the Davmail plugin: http://sourceforge.net/projects/davmail/files/

Open davmail and enter the following:
Main:
Exchange Protocol: Auto
OWA (Exchange) URL: https://outlook.nhs.net/EWS/exchange.asmx
Local POP port: 2110
Local IMAP port: 2143
Local SMTP port: 2025
Caldav HTTP port: 2080
Local LDAP port: 2389

Everything else can be left as it is and save changes. You should get a message popup saying OK UID fetch completed.

Open Thunderbird - File - New - Existing Mail Account
Enter name, email address and password and continue.

Click Manual configuration and enter:
Incoming:
Type: IMAP
Server: localhost
Port: 2143
SSL: None
Authentication: normal password
Outgoing:
Type: SMTP
Server: localhost
Port: 2025
SSL: None
Authentication: normal password
Username: your email address.

You could also subsitute IMAP for one of the other protocols in the DAVmail, amending the port as appropriate.


Hope this helps someone!

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Re: NHSmail on Thunderbird

Post by WinterTroubles » Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:57 am

Excellent information.

I'm not currently using any services that rely on Outlook Web Access, but I am bookmarking this for future reference in the event that any of the NHS employees I know make the switch to Linux.

Thanks :)
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Re: NHSmail on Thunderbird

Post by niksgarage » Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:46 am

Excellent information, and it seems to be working! I use Linux at home for pretty much everything, apart from a little bit of Mac. It's lovely not to have to use the web interface to Outlook - especially from home, where the interface is less functional than you might expect.

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Re: NHSmail on Thunderbird

Post by DeMus » Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:22 pm

The mentioned portnumbers ar not the only numbers you can use. For instance I use:
IMAP: 1993
POP: 1110
SMTP: 1025
HTTP: 1080
LDAP: 1389
One thing is important: the used port numbers in DAV-mail need to be the same as the ones you setup in your mail client.

When you take a close look at the used numbers here you see they are the normal numbers increased with 1000.
It works great and this is another great tool which helps people to get away from MS at home.

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Re: NHSmail on Thunderbird

Post by DomUK » Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:25 am

Sorry I know this is an old thread but I've seen before it's been linked to multiple times across the net and is very useful to anyone who wants to use NHS Mail with Thunderbird and DavMail (on Linux or other platforms like Windows).

For the new NHSmail2 which is rolling out across the NHS, you need to make the following change to make sure you can still use DavMail and a client like Thunderbird:
For NHSmail2 make the following change in DavMail ONLY:

Replace the "OWA (Exchange) URL:" to https://eas.nhs.net/

All other settings remain the same in both DavMail and Thunderbird.

When you next open Thunderbird it may reprompt you to enter your Username and Password for both Mail and the Calendar, and then both should then continue to sync normally.

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Re: NHSmail on Thunderbird

Post by Leigham » Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:06 pm

Amazing!

I registered just to thank you. Been trying to work this out since the NHSMail 2 switch on Friday.

Thanks!

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Re: NHSmail on Thunderbird

Post by hillsy » Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:04 am

I've found that https://mail.nhs.net/EWS/exchange.asmx works as well.

mail.nhs.net is referenced in the documentation for NHSmail 2 users on OS X. So maybe it's a more "official" URL to use e.g. if they change services around on the backend.

Note email.nhs.net doesn't work even though that's the URL for Outlook Web Access.

Anyway, just thought I'd mention it.

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Re: NHSmail on Thunderbird

Post by Leigham » Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:23 pm

hillsy wrote:I've found that https://mail.nhs.net/EWS/exchange.asmx works as well.

mail.nhs.net is referenced in the documentation for NHSmail 2 users on OS X. So maybe it's a more "official" URL to use e.g. if they change services around on the backend.

Note email.nhs.net doesn't work even though that's the URL for Outlook Web Access.

Anyway, just thought I'd mention it.
The prophecy has come to pass! This works fine though.

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