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Summary: This document provides specific instructions on how to configure the "Mozilla" application for use with UW email, directory, and news services.

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These examples were done with Mozilla version 1.7.

Installing Mozilla

Mozilla is available in the UW Internet Connectivity Kit (UWICK) available on CD-ROM at the University Bookstore or Mozilla can be downloaded from the Mozilla.org site.

Installing Mozilla Under OS 8-9

Mozilla stopped doing development, or support, for Mac OS 8-9 some time ago. The last version released compatible with OS 9 was version 1.2.1. Given this, Mac OS 8 or 9 cannot be considered a long-term solution, upgrading to a current system is strongly indicated. However, information about configuring the old version of Mozilla can be found here.

Installing Mozilla Under OS X

Double-click the Mozilla disk image file and agree to the license terms to open it. A "virtual" disk appears on your desktop. Now open that and simply drag the Mozilla folder to your computer (typically into the "Applications" folder).

Configuring Mozilla to Use With UW Email and News

After successful installation, Mozilla is ready to use as a Web browser. If you also wish to use Mozilla to read or send email, or access network "news", further configuration is required.

Be sure your computer has an active Internet connection. If your computer uses a modem to dial in and establish a PPP connection (e.g., using "Internet Connect") be sure to dial in BEFORE running Mozilla.

For Experienced Users

If you are experienced configuring Web and email client software, just use the values in the Values Summary box below.

Use These Values to Configure Mozilla
When Mail asks you for the: It is looking for the: You Enter:
Email Address Your "@u." email address your_uwnetid@u.washington.edu*
Incoming Server UW IMAP Server your_uwnetid.deskmail.washington.edu *
User name your mail account your_uwnetid
Account Path Prefix IMAP directory path mail
SMTP Host UW SMTP server smtp.washington.edu
authenticated, secured, connection required,
port 587 recommended
Address server, Host name UW LDAP server directory.washington.edu
Address server, BaseDN LDAP search root o=University of Washington, c=US

* Where "your_uwnetid" is replaced by your actual UW NetID.

Creating Your UW Account in Mozilla

Run Mozilla and select "Mail & Newsgroups" from the Window menu. If you have NO accounts currently defined, Mozilla may automatically bring up the "add account" wizard, but, if not, click on an existing account then "Create a new account" under "Accounts" (you can also use Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings under the Edit menu then "Add Account"). You'll need to use the "wizard" to start setting up your account, but it does NOT give you access to all the options you'll need to setup your UW email account. Any method should bring you to a page similar to the one pictured below.

  1. Click on the button next to "Email account", then the right arrow (at the bottom) to continue to the next page, pictured below.

  2. For Full Name, enter your full name.
  3. For Email Address, enter your "@u.washington.edu" email address. (that is, YOUR UW NetID plus "@u.washington.edu" )
  4. Click the right arrow (at the bottom) to continue to the next page, pictured below.

  5. Select "IMAP"
  6. For Incoming Server, enter your IMAP server as your_uwnetid.deskmail.washington.edu where your_uwnetid is replaced by YOUR real UW NetID.
  7. For Outgoing Server, enter "smtp.washington.edu", unless you are using a non-UW Internet connection and wish to use the SMTP server provided by your ISP.
  8. Click the right arrow (at the bottom) to continue to the next page, pictured below.

  9. For Incoming and Outgoing User name, enter your UW NetID.
  10. Click the right arrow (at the bottom) to continue to the next page.
  11. This page asks only for a local "Account Name" (what Mozilla will use to label the account WITHIN Mozilla), you can use anything you like (e.g., "My UW email").
  12. Click the right arrow (at the bottom) to continue to the last page.
  13. Click Finish.

    HOWEVER you are NOT finished with the account (yet).

  14. Click on your (new) UW email account in the left column of the Mozilla Mail window, then click on "View settings for this account" (under Accounts), to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

  15. Click "Server Settings" under your account to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

  16. Turn ON the option to "Use secure connection (SSL)".
  17. Turn ON the option to "Check for new messages at startup".
  18. Turn OFF(!) the option to "Check for new messages every (some number of) minutes".
  19. To have Mozilla use the same Delete/Expunge behavior as Pine, select "Mark It as deleted" from the pop-up list next to "When I delete a message" AND turn on the option to "Clean up ("Expunge") Inbox on Exit".
  20. Click "Advanced..." to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

  21. For the "IMAP server directory", enter "mail".
  22. Turn OFF the option to show only subscribed folders (at least for now, after you've "subscribed" to some you may want it back on).
  23. Turn ON the option that the server supports sub-folders
  24. Turn ON (!) the option to "use IDLE"
  25. Leave the boxes next to ALL the "namespaces" empty (blank) and turn OFF the option to "Allow server to override these namespaces". Failure to set this can result in lost data!
  26. Click OK to close this window (you return to the Server Settings).
  27. Click "Outgoing Server (SMTP)" under your account to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

  28. For "Server name", enter "smtp.washington.edu".
  29. For "Port", enter 587.
  30. Turn ON the option to "Use name and password"
  31. For "User name", enter your UW NetID.
  32. Turn on the option to use "TLS, if available".
  33. Click OK to close the account settings window

Whew! OK, Mozilla is now MINIMALLY configured and should be able to read your UW email, find folders you've created in Pine and send mail.

Reading your UW Email

Click on "Inbox" under your UW email account in the left column of the Mozilla Mail window.

At this point enough of the configuration should be done to let Mozilla find your Inbox and folders (if any) on the UW email server. When you've closed the account configuration panel you should see a new "UW" account in the column to the left of the messages window. Click on the INBOX under that to open your UW email inbox (you should be prompted for a password). Your UW email folders will appear. This may take some time, especially if you have a large inbox, lots of folders and/or a slow connection. The list of messages in your Inbox appears in the right pane, it may look something like the picture below.

Additional Optional Configuration Information

Configuring Mozilla and Pine to Share Folders

By setting the "Account Prefix Path" to "mail" you've already got Mozilla and Pine (WebPine, etc.) looking at the same starting place for folders. You should probably also configure Mozilla so that it uses the same folder pine does for copies of sent mail.

Note: Perform this configuration ONLY AFTER getting the basic Mozilla configuration above done and having seen a list of your UW email folders from within Mozilla.

  1. If it isn't already running, run Mozilla (be sure you have an active Internet connection first...).
  2. Click on your UW email account in the left column of the Mozilla Mail window, then click on "View settings for this account" (under Accounts).
  3. Click on "Copies and Folders" under your account to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

  4. In the section on "When sending messages, automatically:" be sure the option to "Place a copy in" is turned on, then click "Other" and (from the pop-up list next to that) select your "sent-mail" folder on your UW email account.
  5. Click OK.

Note that Mozilla and Pine(s) cannot usefully keep a shared "Drafts" folder, so you can put the Mozilla Drafts wherever you like. The default ("Drafts" on your UW email account) is fine, and makes the Drafts folder available to different Mozilla sessions.

Configuring Mozilla to Use the UW Directory (LDAP)

  1. If it isn't already running, run Mozilla (be sure you have an active Internet connection first...).
  2. From "Windows", select "Mail & Newsgroups".
  3. Click on your UW email account (ABOVE the inbox for this account) in the left column of the Mozilla Mail window, then click on "View settings for this account" (under Accounts).
  4. Click on "Composition and Addressing" under your account to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

  5. Turn OFF the option to "Compose messages in HTML" (only send using HTML when you have confirmed with your recipient that this is acceptible).
  6. Click the option, under "When looking up addresses", to "Use a different LDAP server", then click on "Edit Directories" to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

  7. Click "Add", to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

  8. For "Name", you can enter any label you prefer (e.g., "UW directory").
  9. For "Hostname", enter directory.washington.edu
  10. For "BaseDN", enter o=University of Washington, c=US
  11. Click OK (to close the "add directory" window).
  12. Click OK (to close the "edit directories" window).
  13. Optionally, you can now select the UW directory from the pop-up list next to "Use a different LDAP server".
  14. Click OK (to close the "Accounts settings" window).

Now that the UW LDAP directory is defined in Mozilla there are several ways to use it. Here's one way:

  1. From "Window", select Address Book
  2. In the Address Book window click on Advanced, to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

  3. In the top/left corner be sure you have the UW Directory selected in the pop-up list under "Search in".
  4. Customize the search as desired (if needed) and enter the text to be searched for in the text box, click on "Search" to conduct the search. Results are returned in a list in the bottom pane. You can then select the desired entry and click "Compose" to compose a message to that address.

Converting Your Pine Address Book

There is currently no single easy and reliable method to convert Pine address books to Mozilla.