Android Email Setup at University of Southern Denmark

Android Email Setup at University of Southern Denmark

It is possible to get limited access to Exchange server provided by the university, even when outside of the university network. Simply add

sync.sdu.dk

as the exchange server address. Unfortunately this will only give you access to receiving mail (and maybe seeing your calendar?) but not sending mail, accessing the email directory or adding new appointments to the calendar.

Using IMAP

Instead of using the Exchange setup, I recommend you to use the following IMAP setup. This will allow you to receive and send emails no matter your connection type and location. Add a new IMAP account and fill the account name with something appropriate. User name includes your domain e.g. tek\myusername or sdu\myusername. The IMAP server is the same as the above exchange setup: sync.sdu.dk. The important part here is to choose the right connection security type, which must be set to SSL and port 993.

Sending Mail

Next you setup the outgoing server. Click the login needed check box, and fill in the same user name as for the incoming IMAP server. Again, remember the domain part. The outgoing server address is smtps.sdu.dk. Again the connection security part is important. Choose TLS and port 587.

What About the Calendar?

If there is a way to make the Exchange calendar sync with your android phone, with out being connected directly to the university’s network, I haven’t found it yet. My recommendation is to use Google Calendar instead, which works perfectly with my HTC Desire phone. If you really need to use the Exchange calendar as well, because you use on your normal computer, I would suggest using Googles Sync services. This allows you to install a client on your PC that syncs your Outlook/iCal etc. calendar with your Google Calendar.

And the Contacts?

I don’t really know what to do about your Exchange contacts. My recommendation is not to use them, instead using Google Contacts for example. If there is a good way to sync the Exchange contacts with Google Contacts, it would like to know it.

9 thoughts on “Android Email Setup at University of Southern Denmark

  1. Hi

    Thanks for a good guide. I used it for a while until I recently(and partly accidental) discovered that it is possible to make an exchange connection. You have to allow it-service some access to your phone (it asks and explains in the proces)

    You just choose exchange, put in your username and password and it makes the connection and syncs mail, calendar and contacts.

    Done on a Hero with Floyo 1.01 (customROM)

    Martin

  2. Thanks Bjoern for the starting point.

    Also works for iPhone 3g even after the new evil encryption is enforced, except under sending mail you just supply “username” and not “tek\username”. Did only check e-mail not calender or contacts.
    Of course for the iPhone figures out a lot of the information by itself since it is truly a smartphone….. ready to be flamed in 3,2,1

  3. The service stopped working yesterday evening, I can’t connect anymore … anyone else haveing a similar problem?

  4. Nice tutorial,

    i’m using android (HTC Desire) and i had no trouble syncing, recieving, sending even kalender worked perfectly. This was not using IMAP. Then the evil encryption demand was envoked and since most of my stuff on the phone is personal i did not want SDU to be able to delete all of that. So i had to fall back to the inflexible imap service (no calendar or contacts).

    So lastnight i discovered a nice app TouchDown for my Android. Now only mails are encrypted and SDU will only be able to “control/delete” my emails and not all other stuff on my phone. Emailing works, contacts work, tasks work and calender works.

    For me thats definitely worth the 100kr ;(

    Chears

  5. Thanks! I was struggling with setting up this email on my cell for quite a while. Very good guide.

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