Sending departmental email from home though our server

As part of our continuing improvements to reduce spam, we are going to tell the world that genuine mail from only originates from our department's server. If you send mail from home that appears to come from the address, you will need to adjust Thunderbird to send through our server instead of Cox Cable's. If you only use webmail at home, you don't need to do anything.

Adjust Thunderbird 3.1

This recipe was tested on Thunderbird 3.1.8 running on Ubuntu Linux 10.04.2 LTS. Windows is identical except for the first menu pick. Mac Mail and other programs will need the same settings installed in corresponding screens. Please do ask for assistance if you encounter any difficulty.

Click on menu entries "Edit -> Account Settings...".

Click on menu entries "Tools -> Account Settings...".

Click on "Outgoing Server (SMTP)".
Click on "Edit...":

Click on the "Server Name:" box, change it to "" if it isn't already.
Click on the "Port:" box, change it to "587".
Click on the "Connection security:" dropdown, change it to "STARTTLS".
Click on "OK":

Compose and send yourself a piece of mail (not shown).
You will get two error message windows; focus on the one shown below.
Click on "Get Certificate".
Click on "Confirm Security Exception":

Dismiss the other error window and click "Send" again on your mail compose window. It should go through this time.
You are done. With your new setup, please send mail to system "at" confirming you've made this change.

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This page was last updated Mon Sep 24 23:33:46 EDT 2012