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Configuring Mac Mail IMAP for MacOS X 10.5+

This document will help you to configure your Mac Mail (built-in MacOS X software) e-mail client to work with the mail.msu.edu e-mail system.

Compatible MacOS version: MacOS 10.5.x (Leopard), 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), MacOS 10.7.x (Lion). Screen examples in this article are from MacOS 10.5 and may vary slightly with the newer version(s)

Step 1: Create your e-mail account

  1. Start Mail.
  2. If it is the first time you are setting up your account, a wizard will walk you through the steps. If the wizard does not appear you can open up the wizard by going to the File menu, then Add Account to launch the wizard.
  3. Fill out the requested information.
  4. Click Continue.

Step 2a: Incoming Mail Server

  1. Enter the following information:
    • Account Type: IMAP
    • Description: [Optional, may be left blank]
    • Incoming Mail Server: mail.yourdomain.com
    • User Name: [Your E-mail address]
    • Password: [Your password]
  2. Click Continue.

Step 2b: Incoming Mail Security (if needed)

  1. The Incoming Mail Security window will only show up if the attempt to detect the settings fails. If you do see it, enter the following information.
    • Leave the box unchecked for Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
    • Select Password for Authentication.
  2. Click Continue.

Step 3a: Outgoing Mail Server

  1. To configure the Outgoing Mail Server, enter the following information.
    • Description: [Optional, may be left blank]
    • Outgoing Mail Server: mail.yourdomain.com
    • Check the "Use only this server" box.
    • Check the "Use Authentication" box.
    • User Name: [Your E-mail address]
    • Password: [Your Password]
  2. Click Continue.

Step 3b: Outgoing Mail Security (if needed)

  1. The Outgoing Mail Security window will only show up if the attempt to detect the settings fails. If you do see it, enter the following information.
    • Leave the box for Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) unchecked.
    • Select Password for Authentication.
  2. Click Continue.

Step 4: Account Summary

  1. This section summarizes the settings that you have made. It should look like the graphic below.
  2. Check the "Take account online" box to receive mail as soon as you click Create.
  3. Click Create.

Additional Incoming Settings

For additional incoming server settings

  1. Click on the Mail menu
  2. Click on Preferences
  3. Click on Accounts and select the appropriate account
  4. In the right-hand section, click on Advanced
  5. Make sure the settings are the same as follows:
    • Server port is 143
    • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is unchecked.
    • Authentication is "Password".

Additional Outgoing Settings

For additional outgoing server settings

  1. Click on the Mail menu
  2. Click on Preferences
  3. Click on Accounts and select the appropriate account
  4. In the right-hand section, look for the Outgoing Mail Server(SMTP) dropdown.
  5. In the dropdown, select Edit Server List...
  6. Click on Advanced
  7. Make sure the settings are as follows:
    • Server port is 25000
    • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is unchecked.
    • Authentication is "Password".
    • User Name and Password are your email address and password.


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