Center for Information Technology Services

New System to Replace UMnet e-mail

As of 01/03/04

This is an important reminder that UMnet, the campus server that hosts e-mail accounts for students as well as many faculty and staff members has been replaced with a new system.

If your mail had been set up to forward to another e-mail address, your e-mail will continue to be forwarded to that e-mail address.

Previous users of WebMail can either access the new system:

  • via the Open WebMail client
  • or install an IMAP or POP client (such as Outlook Express, Outlook, Netscape or Eudora). Click here for the client configuration instructions.

If you currently use Outlook, Outlook Express, Netscape or Eudora to IMAP or POP your mail from UMnet, you will need to reconfigure your client. Click here for the client configuration instructions.

All of your e-mail and folders have been converted to the new system. If you previously used Webmail, your address book will have also been converted. If you previously used Pine, read Address Book Benefits using Open WebMail, which is available on the web page UMnet Instructions Provided by ASC for instructions to import your Pine address book into Open WebMail.

If you need to change your password, please read Password Security on UMnet/Changing Your Password, which is available on the web page UMnet Instructions Provided by ASC.

If you need to forward your e-mail to another e-mail address, please read Mail Forwarding on UMnet, which is available on the web page UMnet Instructions Provided by ASC.

If you have any questions the new e-mail system, please contact the CITS Assistance and Service Center Help Desk Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 410-706-HELP(x6-4357) or send e-mail to help@umaryland.edu. You may also visit our website at www.umaryland.edu/helpdesk and click on UMnet Help.

 


 

As of 12/11/03

This is an important reminder that UMnet, the campus server that hosts e-mail accounts for students as well as many faculty and staff members is being replaced with a new system.

UMnet will be taken out of service on Thursday, January 01, 2004 at NOON. As previously announced the new system will be available no later than Monday, January 5, 2004 at 8:00 AM.

Please check this page which contains specific instructions that you must follow if you are using a client such as Outlook Express, Outlook, Netscape, or Eudora to IMAP or POP your mail from the server. This URL will announce when the new system goes live as we do anticipate the new system will come up and be available sometime Saturday or Sunday. Previous users of Pine must access the system either via the Openwebmail client or install an IMAP or POP client. Pine, ftp, and interactive shell access will no longer be available.

If you currently use Outlook, Outlook Express, Netscape or Eudora to IMAP or POP your mail from UMnet, you will need to reconfigure your client. DO NOT reconfigure your client prior to Thursday, January 01, 2004 at NOON. Click here for the client configuration instructions.

If you have any questions regarding this downtime or specific application questions please contact the CITS Assistance and Service Center Help Desk Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 410-706-HELP(x6-4357) or send e-mail to help@umaryland.edu.


 

UMnet, a key campus server that hosts e-mail accounts for students as well as many faculty and staff members is being replaced with a new system. The new system is significantly more powerful and offers much better functionality for users.

IMPORTANT DATES

The current e-mail system will be taken out of service on Thursday, January 01, 2004 at NOON. The new system will be available on Monday, January 5, 2004 at 8:00 AM.

IMPORTANT CHANGES

Pine, telnet, ssh, and ftp will no longer be necessary nor available on the new system. A new web e-mail application, Openwebmail, will replace the current webmail client and will offer far greater functionality and choices to users. Client access via Outlook, Outlook Express, Netscape and Eudora will be supported.

Your username, password, and e-mail address will not change and all e-mail, folders, and files will be copied to the new system.

Please watch this page for specific instructions and information as well as any necessary configuration changes you may have to make.

If you have any questions regarding this downtime or specific application questions please contact the CITS Assistance and Service Center Help Desk Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 410-706-HELP (x6-4357) or send e-mail to help@umaryland.edu

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NEW SYSTEM

In addition to the new hardware, CITS will be installing a new software suite that will provide the campus with many new benefits. The new system will:

 

  • Offer users more disk space for both e-mail and file storage
  • Increase security as user connections and e-mail transmissions will be encrypted
  • Provide a new web-based e-mail client (Open Webmail) that offers significantly more functionality than the current client
  • The new web client
    • Closely emulates other popular services ISPs such as Yahoo and Hotmail offer
    • Allows users to:
      • Change the look of their interface (e.g. icons, background, locations of buttons) to emulate Hotmail, Office XP, etc.
      • Add the sender of a message to their address book
      • Block delivery of messages from a sender
      • Block delivery of messages from a site
      • Easily set "auto reply" (vacation) messages and signature files
      • Forward their mail to another account
      • Change their password without leaving the web client
    • Contains extensive user defined e-mail filtering capabilities
    • Includes a "Webdisk" capability enabling users to transfer files to and from their account for file storage right from their web desktop
    • Includes a personal calendar with multiple views (e.g. year, month, week, day) that has the capability to send reminders via e-mail.
    • Contains many other user defined preferences for reading, sending, replying and storing e-mail messages
  • The new system will offer increased security
    • All user connections and e-mail transmissions will be encrypted
    • No interactive sessions will be permitted
      • Webmail will be replaced by the new web accessible client, Open Webmail
      • Telnet, ssh and ftp access to the server is no longer required nor permitted
        ftp will be replaced by Webdisk
      • Client access via Outlook, Outlook Express, Netscape and Eudora will be supported by utilizing encryption
      • Users will have the ability to change their password via the secure web client connection

If you have any questions regarding this downtime or specific application questions please contact the CITS Assistance and Service Center

Help Desk Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 410-706-HELP (x6-4357) or send e-mail to help@umaryland.edu