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General Configuration Information

General Email Configuration Information

Although we have specific instructions for configuring recommended email applications for use here at UVM, you may choose to use an email client that better suites your specific needs. We hope the following information allows you to correctly configure and use the software of your choice.

Item: You should enter:
Full name: Your full name
Email address:
Outgoing mail (SMTP) server:
Outgoing mail (SMTP) port: 587
Outgoing mail (SMTP) security: TLS (or, STARTTLS)
Incoming mail (IMAP) server:
Incoming mail (IMAP) port: 143
Incoming mail (imap) security: TLS (or, STARTTLS)
Directory (LDAP) server:
LDAP search base: dc=uvm,dc=edu

Concerning IMAP:

Our IMAP server requires a Transport Layer Security (TLS) secured connection.

In order to keep your sent-mail, Drafts, and Templates folders consistent between WebMail, Pine, and other IMAP clients, be sure that your mail Drafts are saved to the IMAP folder "Drafts", your mail Templates to "Templates", and your folder for sent (outgoing) mail to "sent-mail".

Concerning Off-Campus Access:

If you wish to use the University's outgoing mail server ( when you are off-campus, you will need to configure your mail program to authenticate (log in) to the outgoing mail server. The wording of these options varies between clients (e.g. in Thunderbird, Authentication method: Normal password must be used).

Also, you will need to specify that you wish your outgoing mail to use Transport Layer Security (TLS). This option may appear as "Use secure connection: TLS" (Thunderbird), or "Server requires a secure connection (SSL)" (Windows Mail).  Note that some products use "SSL" and "TLS" as interchangeable terms (whereas TLS is actually a more current protocol than SSL).  Consult the documentation on each product for further details.

Finally, you will want to configure your program to use the alternative SMTP port 587. Use of this alternate SMTP port will allow you to bypass the blocks on port 25 that many Internet Service Providers have in place.

Last modified October 22 2015 02:45 PM

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