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E-mail from Off-Campus

If you are trying to send mail from a laptop or home computer which is attached to a network outside of the department, you will need to configure your e-mail client for SMTP Authentication before you will be allowed to send mail through the departmental e-mail server. Older e-mail tools may not support authentication, so unless you upgrade, you may be limited to the web e-mail interface while travelling. (Go to http://mail.met.fsu.edu/webmail)

If your e-mail tool supports SMTP authentication, you should configure it to log in as 'username@mail' (where username is your departmental account name). The password is the same as your IMAP login password. You may also want to enable STARTTLS or SSL encryption if your client allows for it. The e-mail server supports several authentication methods, including CRAM-MD5, DIGEST, LOGIN, and PLAIN, which should accommodate whatever methods your e-mail client support.

E-mail Client Configuration

Here we provide some hints for getting your e-mail client to work with the Meteorology e-mail server. Your client should have a robust implementation of the IMAP protocol, and be able to speak over encrypted channels, indicated by TLS or SSL support.

General Configuration

E-mail Server:mail.met.fsu.edu
Receiving Mail Protocol:IMAPs, port 993, SSL
Sending Mail Protocol:SMTPs, port 465, SSL
E-mail Address:
Receiving Mail User Nameyourlogin
Sending Mail User Nameyourlogin@mail

Client-Specific Configuration

Eudora Pro (Windows)

For university-owned computers, you may download Eudora for free from the FSU Software Site Licensing Website. You will need at least version 6.2 of Eudora. Installing the secure server certificates for Eudora can be tricky: we're warning you now.

  1. Install Eudora. The default installation options will be sufficient for most users.
  2. If this is a new installation, start Eudora, but cancel the initial account configuration wizard. Goto Tools->Options->Checking Mail.
  3. Set "mail server" to mail.met.fsu.edu, "user name" to your login id, and select "If Avail, STARTTLS".
  4. Go to "Sending Mail" options, and make sure mail.met.fsu.edu is the SMTP server.
  5. Go to "Incoming Mail" options, and select "POP". Make sure the "Leave mail on server" option is checked.
  6. Save the current settings and close the dialog box. Attempt to check mail. You may be asked to enter your password. The procedure should fail. (If you have Norton Utilities or some other firewall, you may get a warning about a secure connection. You should reconfigure your firewall to allow such connections, or temporarily disable the firewall while you complete the setup.)
  7. Go back to Tools->Options->Checking Mail. Click on the "Last SSL Info" button. The Certificate Manager dialog should pop up. Click on "View Certificate Details", and then "Install Certificate". Select all the defaults to install the certificate, and close all the dialogs when finished.
  8. Go back to Tools->Options->Incoming Mail. Select "IMAP". Save the current settings and dismiss the dialog.
  9. Attempt to download mail again. You should be prompted for your password. If this fails, close down Eudora, and restart it.

With an IMAP configuration, Eudora's default INBOX is not used for incoming mail. All your e-mail will be loaded under the <Dominant>/Inbox. This is just how Eudora works, sorry.

Evolution v1.x and 2.x (Linux/Gnome Desktop)

  1. Go to Tools->Settings->Mail Accounts, click on "+Add" to walk through account set up.
  2. Enter your e-mail address (other info optional), click "->Forward"
  3. Select Server Type "IMAP" (or "IMAP4rev1", if available), set Host to mail.met.fsu.edu, enter your Username (your login ID, not your e-mail address), and set "Use Secure Connection" to "Always".
  4. Leave "Authentication type" as "Password", and optionally check the "Remember this password" box. Click "->Forward".
  5. Optionally click "Automatically check for new mail". "Show only subscribed folders" should be checked, and "Override..." should be unchecked. Click "->Forward"
  6. Set "Server Type" to SMTP, "Host:" to mail.met.fsu.edu, "Use secure..." to "Always". If you are setting up a laptop for travel or a machine outside the department, you should check the "Server requires authentication" option, and fill in your login identity as "username@mail". Click "->Forward".
  7. Choose a name for this configuration, or use the default. Optionally check the "Default Account" option.

Outlook Express

If you already have Outlook configured for POP3 mail, you won't be able to change the configuration of the account to IMAP. Instead, you should create a new account.

  1. Go to Tools->Accounts, and click on the "Mail" tab. Next click on the "Add" button.
  2. Enter your username (login id), and specify that your incoming mail server is an IMAP server. Click "Next".
  3. Specify mail.met.fsu.edu for both incoming and outgoing mail server.
  4. Provide your user name and password. DO NOT check the SPA option.
  5. When finished with the new account dialog, click on the "Security" tab.
  6. Check the secure connection options for incoming (IMAP) and outgoing (SMTP) mail, and apply the changes.
  7. Outlook will want to refresh the folders for your account: let it.
  8. Outlook will warn you that it could not verify the authenticity of the secure certificates. Use them anyway.

Pine

Pine is installed on the departmental server machines. These installations are already configured to access the e-mail server. If you cannot reach the new e-mail server, you may have a non-default Pine configuration file in your home directory. If this is the case, rename the .pinerc file to use the default configuration:

cd ; mv .pinerc pinerc-old

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