@bio.fsu.edu mail server FAQ

Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

@bio.fsu.edu mail server FAQ

  1. What methods can I use to get my email from mail.bio.fsu.edu?

    1. You can use any email client that supports SSL IMAP. This is will work from any internet connection anywhere. See Thunderbird Instructions for settings that should work for most clients.
    2. You can log onto epsilon.bio.fsu.edu via ssh and use pine. This will only work from a registered FSU ip addresses or from local (tallahassee) broadband ip's. If you can't logon onto epsilon.bio.fsu.edu from your location send me your ip as reported by http://www.whatismyip.com.
    3. You can use http://webmail2.bio.fsu.edu (Opensource Horde/IMP webmail). This will work from any internet connection, if you have a web browser that supports ssl encryption. Almost all recent browsers support this.

  2. What is Horde / IMP?
    Horde IMP is the Internet Messaging Program. It is written in PHP and provides webmail access to IMAP and POP3 accounts. On biology webmail it will be used only via imap, which allows for multiple mail folders, including sent-mail. Please see https://www.bio.fsu.edu/complabs/imp.php for instructions on using biology webmail (IMP).

  3. Why is IMP being used for biology webmail?
    All the research I did pointed to IMP as the best webmail program currently available at any price. Also it's free. See http://www.horde.org/imp for more information.

  4. Since IMP uses imap can I set my favorite email client (Eudora, etc) to use imap?
    Yes, mail services on mail.bio.fsu.edu are available via imap (and pop) from anywhere. However eudora does not play nice with imap. If you wish to use an imap mail client we recommend thunderbird.

  5. How do I tell biology webmail (IMP) to save my sent mail?
    Once logged onto biology webmail click the "Options" button, then click the "Personal Information" link. Click the "Edit your indentities" link, select "Default Identity" from the drop down list. Fill in your name, return address and signature if not all ready filled in. Then put a check in "Save sent mail" and choose "Use Default Value" from the sent mail folder drop down box. The click the "Change" button. You may have to scroll down to see the "Change" button.

  6. Will FSU's webmail (http://webmail.fsu.edu) still work?
    No. FSU's webmail program does not currently support biology's mail server. I may change that in near future.