Moving to a New Mail Server

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Moving to a New Mail Server

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Here we discuss changing to a new mail server.  Moving to a new mail server doesn't have to be difficult.  Here are a few tips to make your transition smoother. 

Transition Tips 

  • Don't cancel the old account until you are ready.
  • Send everyone in your contacts list a message informing them of your new e-mail address.
    • only if your address will change, of course
  • Log into your old e-mail administration with a web browser or contact the administrator on the phone.
    • configure your old mail server to forward all e-mail to your new address
    • configure your old mail server NOT to save a copy of the messages or your old mailbox will fill up
  • Reconfigure whatever e-mail client you use (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.)
    • delete the old mail account from your mail client
    • carefully add the new account
      • spelling errors are terminal - don't make one!
  • Ideally, you will only have one mail account configured per mail client.
    • this will resolve most problems and, in general, simplify your life
  • When you finally cancel the old mail service, you won't have to do any further reconfiguration.

Other Items of Interest 

  • Consider registering your own domain.
    • .com for business or .org for personal 
    • your e-mail address will never have to change again
    • inexpensive
    • portable if you change ISP
  • If you use IMAP, consider using imapcopy to move your message store to the new server.
Last Updated on Sunday, 06 July 2008 21:19