How to enable the POP3 service in Exchange Server

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The Exchange Server has the POP3 service disabled by default.

  1. Click Start, then click Run
  2. Type services.msc
  3. Find the service Microsoft Exchange POP3 that default value is disable
  4. Change Startup type to Automatic

  1. Open the Exchange System Manager
  2. Expand the Administrative Groups
  3. Expand the First Administrative Group (or existent group)
  4. Expand the Servers
  5. Expand a <server>
  6. Expand the Protocols
  7. Expand the POP3
  8. Right-click Default POP3 Virtual Server and then click Start

Now, we can work with POP3 in Exchange Server.

Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and Office Server and Services, besides the Microsoft Award he also holds a Solutions Master (MCSM) in Exchange and several other certifications. Anderson has been contributing to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, twitter, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor here at,, and Anderson (Portuguese).