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Configuring Outlook Express for use with the UVM Mail System

NOTE: The following documentation was written originally for Outlook Express 5.5.  It has been updated for Outlook Express 6, and should be fairly accurate for "Windows Mail" on Vista, too.  However, it is unlikely that we will update this documentation again in the future.
Although Outlook Express and Windows Mail are supported email clients, we recommend that for new installations you consider the use of the more standards-compliant WebMail or Thunderbird products.

Outlook Express is a powerful mail and news client program.  In order to use it, you must perform several, simple configuration tasks.  Our instructions make several assumptions:

  • You are using a Microsoft Windows operating system
  • You are using Outlook Express 6.0 or later (i.e. Windows Mail, Live Mail)
  • This is the first time you have configured Outlook Express
  • You are a UVM Affiliate and have activated your Network ID ( account) (see if you have not done this yet).
  • You know your email 'Alias' (the 'Firstname.Lastname' version of your account name).  You can look this up at

In the instructions, we will use the phony University affiliate name "Myron Kapoodle".  Be sure to use your name and account information and not Myron's.  For clarification, Myron's full name is "Myron Kapoodle", his Network ID ( account username) is "mkapoodl", and his Alias is "Myron.Kapoodle".

To get things started, you will need to launch Outlook Express.  On Windows XP, this is found under the Start->All Programs menu.  On Windows 9x/2000 you will find it in Start->Programs:

If this is the first time you have configured Outlook, the "Internet Connection Wizard" will start automatically.  If you have configured Outlook Express before, you will need to go to the Tools menu and select Accounts, then click Add->Mail
You will be prompted to enter your "Display Name".  This is your actual, given name.  It will appear as your 'friendly name' in all email correspondences:

Click Next, then enter your email address.  This is your email alias followed by "".  In our example, we entered Myron's email alias (Myron.Kapoodle) followed by "" to get Myron's mail alias, "":

Click Next to continue.  In the My incoming mail server is a... pull down menu, select "IMAP".  Now enter the names of your incoming and outgoing mail servers.  You incoming server is "" and your outgoing server is "":

Click Next to continue, then enter you Network ID ( account username) in the Account Name field.  We suggest that you clear the Remember Password field.  If you allow Outlook Express to remember your password, anyone who has physical access to your computer will be able to read your mail and send mail under your name!

Click Next to continue, then click Finish to enter the Outlook Express program.  You are not finished yet!  You will need to go to the Tools menu in Outlook Express, and select  Accounts.  This will call up the Internet Accounts dialog.  Click the Properties button:

This will call up the " Properties" dialog.  Click the IMAP thb, then enter mail/ as the Root folder path, enter sent-mail as the Sent Items path.  You may also wish to clear the check for new messages in all folders option (this will speed up you initial access your Inbox during each mail session):

Click the Advanced tab, then check the This server requires a secure connection (SSL) box for both incoming and outgoing mail.  For the outgoing server, you will note that the port value changes to "993" automatically.  We recommend that you also change the outgoing server to the alternative port "587" (although port 25 will work under most circumstances):

OE - Account Advanced Settings

Next, click on the Servers tab.  Under Outgoing Mail Server check the "My server requires authentication" box.  Click "settings" and make sure that the "Use same settings as my incoming mail server" option is selected, then click OK:

OE - Server Properties

You will be asked if you wish to download your IMAP folders.  Answer yes, then click OK to return to Outlook Express:

Outlook Express is now configured to handle your UVM email. 

As a convenience, you may want to go on to configure Outlook Express to use the UVM directory server to lookup addresses.  This will allow you to verify the email address of any UVM Affiliate before sending a message.  You will need to go to the Tools menu again, and select Accounts.  From the  Internet Accounts dialog, select Add->Directory Service:

In the Wizard that appears, enter as the name of the LDAP directory server, then click Next:

Now select Yes to enable address lookups with this account.  Click  next, then Finish to complete the wizard.

This will take you back to the Outlook Express program, but you are not finished yet.  Once again, go to the Tools menu, and select Accounts.  Select the Directory Service  tab, highlight the entry, then click Properties.  At the Properties dialog, select the Advanced tab, then enter dc=uvm,dc=edu in the Search base field.  Click OK to complete configuration.

Your Outlook Express install should now be ready for use.  Good luck and happy Email...

Last modified October 29 2009 03:20 PM

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