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Exchange Settings for Thunderbird

Adding a new account to Thunderbird (Thunderbird 17.0.2 is used in this example)

Because Thunderbird likes to guess at the settings and is always wrong, we need to manually enter the data.  Thunderbird wants to use a different port when sending mail so we will also need to change settings after the initial settings are entered.

In Thunderbird, click through

Tools -> Account Settings -> Account Actions -> Add Mail Account

Enter your name, e-mail address, and password.  Click Continue then Manual Config while it is testing settings.  You don't need to wait until the test is completed.

Here are the settings you should enter
Incoming: IMAP   Hostname:  Port: 993  SSL:  SSl/TLS   Authentication: Normal Password

Outgoing: SMTP  Hostname:   Port 465 (this is changed later)   SSL:  SSL/TLS   Authentication:  Normal Password

Click DONE

We need to change the Outgoing SMTP server port now.

Click on Outgoing Server (SMTP) and click EDIT to change the Outgoing server settings.  Change the port from 465 to 587. Click OK, Click OK, Click Get Mail at the top left hand corner.  Your mail should start appearing.

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