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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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Obtaining and 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.

Technical Details of Mozilla Configuration

Most people do not need to read this section. They should just use the Customizer described above. If, however, you need to know specific steps and settings, this section is for you.

These examples were done with Mozilla version 1.7.3.

Quick Reference 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**
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.

**If using an Internet Service Provider (ISP) OTHER than the UW then use the SMTP server provided by your ISP.

Creating Your UW Account in Mozilla

Run the Mozilla Mail program. If you have NO accounts currently defined, Mozilla Mail may automatically bring up the "add account" wizard, but, if not, click on "Edit -> Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings..."  Once you have opened Account Settings, click on the "Add Account..." button in the lower left corner of the window. This will launch the Account Wizard shown below.

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

    Mozilla Setup Wizard

  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.

    Mozilla Setup Wizard

  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. Click the right arrow (at the bottom) to continue to the next page, pictured below.

    Mozilla Setup Wizard

  8. For User name, enter your UW NetID.
  9. Click the right arrow (at the bottom) to continue to the next page.
  10. 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").
  11. Click the right arrow (at the bottom) to continue to the last page.
  12. Click Finish.

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

  13. Open "Edit->Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings..." and select your (new) account to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.Account Settings
  14. The new account wizard will have set most of this up correctly for you, if this is the only email account then it is already the "default" (if not, you may want to make it the default by clicking "Set As Default"). You probably also want to turn OFF the option to "Compose messages in HTML format" (you shouldn't send messages in HTML until and unless you have agreed with the recipient that this format is preferred).
  15. Click "Server Settings" under your account to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

    Server Settings

  16. Turn ON the option to "Use secure connection (SSL)".
  17. Uncheck "Check for new messages every ___ minutes". This setting is unncessary. The UW IMAP server will notify Mozilla Mail of any new mail when that mail is received.
  18. 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".
  19. Click "Advanced..." to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below. 

    Advanced Server Settings

  20. For the "IMAP server directory", enter "mail/".
  21. 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).
  22. Leave the boxes next to ALL the "namespaces" empty (blank) and turn OFF the option to "Allow server to override these namespaces". IF YOU DO NOT SET THIS IT IS POSSIBLE TO LOSE MAIL ON THE SERVER.
  23. Click OK to close this window (you return to the Server Settings).
  24. Click "Outgoing Server (SMTP)" under your account to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

    SMTP Server Settings

  25. For "Server name", enter "smtp.washington.edu".
  26. For "Port", enter 587.
  27. Turn ON the option to "Use name and password"
  28. For "User name", enter your UW NetID.
  29. Turn on the option to use "TLS, if available".
  30. 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.

    Sent Mail Setup

  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. Open Mozilla Mail
  3. From "Edit", select "Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings"
  4. Click on "Composition & Addressing" under your account to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

    LDAP Settings Page

  5. 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.

    LDAP Directories

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

    UW LDAP Settings

  7. For "Name", you can enter any label you prefer (e.g., "UW directory").
  8. For "Hostname", enter directory.washington.edu
  9. For "BaseDN", enter o=University of Washington, c=US
  10. Click OK (to close the "add directory" window).
  11. Click OK (to close the "edit directories" window).
  12. Optionally, you can now select the UW directory from the pop-up list next to "Use a different LDAP server".
  13. 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 "Windows", select Address Book
  2. In the Address Book window click on Advanced, to bring up a page similar to the one pictured below.

    Advanced LDAP Search

  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.