These pages cover configuring Apple Mail to connect to Nexus via the IMAP protocol. Users of Mac OS 10.5 and below should use IMAP to connect to their Nexus email and should follow the instructions below. Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) users are able to use the Exchange Web Services protocol to access their Nexus email and should therefore follow the instructions for using Nexus with Apple Mail on Snow Leopard. Although configuration details are identical there are small differences between the screens that you will see on Mac OS 10.5 versus Mac OS 10.4 so we have also provided specific instructions for Mac OS 10.4 users.
Mail is the email client preinstalled on every Mac computer as part of Mac OS X. To configure Mail, open the programme, either from the dock or by finding it in the Applications folder. If this is the first time you have opened mail, the Setup Assistant will start automatically.
Otherwise, you can access Accounts setup by clicking on the
Preferences. Near the top, select the
Accounts window allows you to add an Email account to any you may
have already set up by clicking on the little plus symbol near the bottom left of
You will then be taken to a screen that is identical to the initial setup assistant,
though one is headed
Welcome to Mail and the other
Account. The screen prompts you for your
Email Address and
Password. Do not however, tick
Automatically set up account option if it appears, as it will not
work with Nexus. The Password you need to enter here is your Single Sign-On
Once you have entered your details, click
The next screen will require you to enter technical details.
Account Type drop-down menu, select
Description is for your own use only, so select something which
makes sense to you; in the example above,
OUCS Nexus has been used.
In the box next to
Incoming Mail Server, type
User Name, you need to enter your Single Sign-On (SSO)
abcd1234. Next to
Password, enter your
Single Sign-On (SSO) password.
The next screen requires you to enter the details for your Outgoing Mail Server. The
Description, once again, is for your own use only. In the
OUCS Nexus Outgoing has been used. Next to
Outgoing Mail Server, enter
Use only this server needs to be ticked or not will depend on
your use of mail; if you only use mail to access your Nexus account, you can safely
tick this option.
In any case, the option
Use Authentication needs to be ticked, and the
same Single Sign-On User Name and Password that you entered previously for incoming
mail need to be entered in the respective fields.
When you click
Continue, a final Window will summarise the details
you have entered. Click
To ensure that you are able to use your Mail client to send outgoing messages on any network, whether you are in
Oxford or on another network, e.g. at home, you will need to do a final piece of configuration.
To get to Mail's configuration screen click on
[File/Preferences...] from the
This will bring up the 'Accounts' window. Make sure that the IMAP account that you
have just created is selected in the left hand pane and then click the
Server Settings... button found towards the bottom of the right hand
pane. This will bring up a screen that allows you to specify the outgoing mail server
settings. The only thing that needs to be changed in this screen is the value for
Server port, this must be set to
587. No other settings
should need to be changed.
OK to save these settings and return to the main
Next click on the
Advanced button to open that screen.
Make sure that the
is set to
Figure Mail6.png [Advanced Accounts screen]
Close the dialog box. If prompted to save, click
Your Mail account is now ready to use.