HOWTO: Install and setup Evolution Email client for Linux to work with Office 365

Purpose:

  • Instructions how to install and setup the Evolution email client on Linux workstation to work with Office 365/Exchange Online

Requirements:

  • Evolution 3.22 or newer and the evolution-ews plugin version 3.22 or newer.
  • Your email account must be located on Exchange Online/Office 365
  • Only EWS is supported, IMAP will NOT work with Office 365
  • Important: Use of Evolution is not supported and therefore the Partners Service Desk will not be able to provide any type of troubleshooting. Use these instructions as a general overview for connecting your Partners Office 365 account.

Instructions:

  1. If you have not already done so, install the evolution and evolution-ews package using your favorite package manager. This document assumes evolution-ews version 3.6 or later.
  2. Example for Ubuntu
    1. Open a terminal
    2. sudo apt-get remove evolution
    3. sudo apt-get update
    4. sudo apt-get install evolution
    5. sudo apt-get install evolution-ews
  3. Launch Evolution
  4. If this is a new installation you will be prompted to enter your email information, otherwise to add a new account by going to Edit | Preferences and choose Add from the Mail Accounts menu.
  5. Click Next
  6. Enter your name as you'd like it to appear and your primary email address "name@partners.org" or "name@mgh.harvard.edu" or name@bwh.harvard.edu" for Email Address, then click Next
  7. Click the Skip button
  8. On the resulting window, enter the following information for each field:
    1. Server Type: Exchange Web Services
    2. Username: your email address i.e. name@partners.org
    3. Host URL: https://outlook.office365.com/EWS/Exchange.asmx
  9. Click Fetch URL
  10. You will be prompted for your password. Enter your Partners password.
  11. Host URL and OAB URL should be successfully discovered. Click Next
  12. Click Next to accept Receiving Options
  13. Enter any name for the account name, and click Next
  14. Click Apply
  15. If prompted, enter your Partners password once more and click OK
  16. Setup is complete. Email and calendar data will take some time to sync.

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