How to fake IMAP access to a Gmail account, with an extra twist?
September 3, 2007 5:34 PM Subscribe
I manage a small network of users, and currently we are using Google Apps for our domain, and getting mail via POP. I'd very much like to fake IMAP access to Google by creating an intermediary/shadow account (either on our web host, or on our local Apple XServe running OS X 10.4 Server) and configuring it like so:
1. Set Google address to forward automatically to shadow account.
2. Set desktops to check mail through shadow account, but send email through Google's SMTP servers, to keep conversations in tact.
posted by jeffxl to computers & internet (4 answers total)
Adding one more small detail would make this setup next to perfect. As well as using Google's SMTP servers, if outgoing mail was copied to the sent folder of the shadow server, this would allow desktop clients to see sent responses in Mail, as well as keeping conversations intact with Google. Is there a hackish way I can achieve this? I realize I could just set the desktop clients to use the shadow smtp server, and automatically bcc the google address, but that seems messier to me. I would really like all this to be transparent to the users, even if it requires me to do some serious (well, hopefully not too serious) internal modding/custom shell scripting.
Any idea how I might go about doing this?
Or even better, am I missing something really obvious (a simpler solution, perhaps)? We like using Google Apps for the Calendar sharing and Spam filtering mostly, but if better solutions are available for my issue, I'm all ears.