Mail is the email client preinstalled on every Mac computer as part of Mac OS X. Mac OS X version 10.7 (also known as Lion) provides inbuilt support for connecting to Exchange servers. As a result if you are using Lion you are able to use the Oxford Nexus email, shared calendaring and address book facilities from your Mac via the inbuilt Mail, iCal, and Address Book applications.
To configure Mail to connect to Nexus, 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.
You will then be taken to a screen that is identical to the initial setup
assistant. The screen prompts you for your
Email Address and
Password. The Password you
need to enter here is your Single Sign-On password.
Your computer will now try to connect to the Nexus server in order
to match up the details that you have supplied with a Nexus account and after a
moment you should see
a message that says 'Trying to log in to the Exchange 2007 server
“autodiscover.nexus.ox.ac.uk” failed. Make sure the email address and password
you entered are correct, then click Continue.'. Simultaneously, a new
User name field will appear indicated by with a white arrow
within a red circle. This is because your Nexus username is not the
same as your Nexus email address. Your username is your Single Sign-On username
(aka the Oxford Username) whilst your Nexus email address will usually be of the
form firstname.lastname@example.org. The setup assistant will supply the first part of your email address (in
janet.mcknight) as its best guess in the new
field. You will need to replace the contents of this new
User name field with your Single
Sign-On username (in this case
Now that you have supplied this information, Mail will be able to find all the details it needs from the Nexus AutoDiscovery server and the next screen you see should be an Account Summary screen that confirms the account details:
When you click
Create, the account will be created on your Mac
and you are now ready to use your Nexus mailbox with Mail. Lion's
inbuilt support for Exchange means that you can use iCal for your Nexus calendar
and Address Book for your Nexus contacts.
If you have any problems, in the first instance you should contact your local (College or Department) IT staff. If they cannot help then please contact the OUCS Help Centre for further assistance.