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How to retrieve an email from a server using telnet

To troubleshoot POP3 issue, you can telnet to port 110 to diagnose the connection. You can also use telnet retrieve an email from a remote server.

To test the connection, use this command: Telnet IP_address_of_server or hostname110

To retrieve email using POP3 use these command:

USER domain/Windows_NT_account/Exchange_mailbox (identifies the mailbox you want to open)

PASS Windows_NT_domain_password (the password for the mailbox)

LIST (shows a list of available messages and their size)

RETR message number (retrieve a message)

Other useful commands are dele, top and quit.

Here is the example of retrieving email from ms-mvps.com

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