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.
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 add a new accounts by clicking on the
Account...] from the Mail menu.
You will then be taken to a screen that is very similar to the initial setup assistant,
though one is headed
Welcome to Mail and the other
Account. These screenshots continue as though you were adding a new
The next screen prompts for general informatioon. On the
Account Type drop-down menu, select
Description is for your own use only, so select something which
makes sense to you; in the example below,
IMAP Nexus Account has been used.
The screen also prompts you for your
Full Name and your
Email Address which should be of the form
Figure images/macmail-welcome-1.png [First screen to add an account prompting for account type, description, name, and email address]
Once you have entered your details, click
On the next screen you will need to enter technical details. In the box next to
Incoming Mail Server, type
User Name, you need to enter your Single Sign-On (SSO)
username, this will usually be of the form
abcd1234. Next to
Password, enter your
Single Sign-On (SSO) password.
Figure images/macmail-welcome-2.png [Second screen to add an account prompting for incoming mail server details]
The next screen requires you to enter the details for your Outgoing Mail Server. Next to
Outgoing Mail Server, enter
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.
Figure images/macmail-welcome-3.png [Third screen to add an account prompting for outgoing server details]
A final Window will now appear that summarises the details you have entered.
Continue. If you see a conclusion screen telling you that
your email account is ready for use
with Mail simply click
Done to return to the Mail window.
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 Mail
This will bring up the 'Accounts' screen. 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
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 Accounts
Your Mail account is now ready to use.
Note: When you send an outgoing message you may be prompted for the password to use
smtp.ox.ac.uk as an authenticated SMTP server. If you see a screen like the screen
below then enter your password as prompted
and tick the box marked
Remember this password in my keychain and you
shouldn't see this screen again.