Okay, I am using a really ancient SME Server 7 email system on a machine under my desk, and today Thunderbird updated itself from 68 to 78 without my say so. For reasons… (funda kabanzi)
Okay, I am using a really ancient SME Server 7 email system on a machine under my desk, and today Thunderbird updated itself from 68 to 78 without my say so. For reasons beyond the scope of this missive, I am a month behind on accessing the emails on that machine and was trying to get back up and running again. Bear in mind, that email machine self-certificates, generating a new certificate for itself each time you restart that machine.
Under 68, it had started connecting and was apparently getting the new emails, but in a distracted moment I wasn't eagle-eyed watching it when I fired up Thunderbird, and I had forgotten that when Thunderbird encounters a new cert, it will complain that the cert changed (and that this might be security shenanigans) and will wait for me to override it. Trouble is, if you don't catch it IMMEDIATELY, it quietly accumulates a ton of these alerts that you now have override also, even though you've already told it to accept the new cert on the first pop up... and the only way to get out of redoing that action 1000 times in a row is to kill out of Thunderbird via Task Manager and launch it again, at which point it should already recognize the new cert and simply start loading the mails.
Well, when I went to launch Thunderbird again after killing it, it instead installed the update to 78.... without giving me the choice to NOT update it. Some while back, I needed to reinstall 68, and had to go through hoops to get it working again. But I digress.
The existing mails from up to a month ago are all showing up in Thunderbird (because it has a local copy of all those), but Thunderbird is giving me an error about Failed to connect to server server, and simply isn't bringing in any of the new mails.
What do I do? I need this to simply work.