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I have what I think an unusual setup, I have a few mailboxes setup, orders, info and qa. These mailboxes are setup to allow IMAP, I then have at least 4 users having constant Outlook access to these IMAP mailboxes (qa has 8 users). Also all these users are accessing these IMAP boxes internally.

I want a different method of multiple users accessing these mailboxes preferably not using IMAP. I'm open to suggestions as this would have to be put forward to the board for approval.

I know I have been very brief so ask me if you want me to elaborate on anything in particular.

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Is there some issue that IMAP has or feature that it lacks that you're trying to get with this new method? – phoebus Dec 16 '09 at 9:03
Not really, I just don't really want to be using IMAP at all. – stead1984 Dec 16 '09 at 10:17
POP or IMAP is all what you may have. – Andrejs Cainikovs Dec 16 '09 at 10:30
"I don't like IMAP" is a terrible reason to do something. As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! If there's a specific problem you're trying to solve please let us know and we'll try to help you out. – larsks Dec 16 '09 at 11:16
I want certain users to have more control of the mailbox for a start. – stead1984 Dec 16 '09 at 11:44
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You've got 2 options:

  • Setup public folders for each of the mailboxes and have mail delivered in there
  • Setup another exchange user, deliver mail there and share folders with other users
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Why are you using IMAP for this? Why not just have the users extra add the extra mailboxes to their Outlook?

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I think thats probably the way forward. Can multiple users access the same mailbox and can I assign certain privelages to certain users? – stead1984 Dec 17 '09 at 9:08
Yes and yes. It's how we share accounts. – John Gardeniers Dec 17 '09 at 11:51

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