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Transfer large files with the File Transfer Form!

Most email providers maintain mail quotas on individual user accounts, which hinders us from being able to share large files with others or receive large files as email attachments. Currently our UVM server will not allow us to send or receive emails with attachments larger than 10MB or have more than 30MB of mail in our incoming mailbox (Inbox), a quota that is far more gracious than most other email providers whose quotas are often 5MB and lower!

The File Transfer Form, available at, is a way to share individual files up to 750MB in size via web space. This file transfer method is perfect for collaborating with other educational institutions, vendors, departments, organizations, etc.

UVM affiliates can send large files to other UVM affiliates or to recipients outside of the UVM email community. Also, people outside the UVM email community can use the File Transfer Form to send large files to a UVM affiliate.

Once a file transfer request is initiated the recipient will receive an email letting them know that a file can be "recovered" at the File Transfer Form website using a unique web address provided in the email.

If you receive a notice of incoming transfer but weren't expecting a large file from the sender, check with the sender (email, phone, fax, in person, etc.) before downloading the file to your computer. Not all boxes wrapped in a bow are presents!

For assistance with File Transfer Form usage please visit or contact the CIT Helpline at or (802) 656-2604.

Please note that the File Transfer Form is to be used in compliance with existing University rules as well as state and federal laws regarding file transfer, and should not be used to transfer copyright materials (movies, music, games) or any other illegally transferred materials. Please visit regarding legalities of file transfer.

This article is published in the May 2003 edition of the IT Newsletter.

Last modified May 09 2003 10:37 AM

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