Can I use Cyrus IMAP w/Outlook?

Thomas Kessler audiocollage at
Wed Jan 12 09:32:55 EST 2005

We'll I got Cyrus running and able to work with Evolution, but when I try to
connect from my PC with Outlook it says it can find the server.  However the
SMTP connects fine.  I've read through almost all of the Cyrus-IMAP
documents and have not been able to discover the problem...

Here's the error message:

Task 'Checking for new mail in subscribed folders on' reported error (0x800CCC0E) : 'Outlook
is unable to download folder (null) from the IMAP e-mail server for account Error: Unable to connect to the server.
If you continue to receive this message, contact your server administrator
or Internet service provider (ISP).'


Do I have to make a folder called "Inbox" or something???



-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Dekkers [mailto:Paul.Dekkers at] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 4:17 AM
To: Thomas Kessler
Cc: info-cyrus at
Subject: Re: Can I use Cyrus IMAP w/Outlook?

Thomas Kessler wrote:

> Can I use Cyrus IMAP w/Outlook? Is this even possible? I setup Cyrus 
> assuming that I could, but I haven't been able to find any saying that 
> is works, just that Insight Server application that works with Cyrus 
> IMAP. If I can't use Cyrus with Outlook, can someone recommend an IMAP 
> server that will?
Of course you can use it. It's not the best IMAP client in the world (I 
would rather use (and support) Mozilla/Thunderbird ;-) or, ok, maybe 
even rather Outlook Express then Outlook because of its IMAP support), 
but it surely works. Just set up an IMAP account with the correct 
account info & credentials.


P.S. If authentication fails against the Cyrus server you should 
probably tune your sasl_mech_list to something like "PLAIN LOGIN" 
depending on your backend ofcourse.

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