Get GMail Now!
LEVEE is our ever popular e-mail server and it works great for most people on campus. However, off campus, people want to retrieve their LEVEE mail, so you can use our own webmail facility on LEVEE, or you can do what I tell most people, use a free GMail account to access your LEVEE mail. Using GMail is also a great way to use Eudora/Thunderbird or even Outlook from off campus and is actually more secure than using the university provided mechanisms.
GMail actually provides a nice repository to store all your e-mail and is much more robust than using either LEVEE or the ArtSci system. Would you rather use our sad little $2,000 Dell server upstairs, ArtSci's aging $100,000 Sun system over at West Campus, or Google's multi-billion dollar multiply located datacenters distributed around the country for your e-mail?
Forwarding Your LEVEE E-Mail to a GMail Account
If you already have a LEVEE account or if you just have a LEVEE forward, you can use GMail and send your e-mail as email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you already have a LEVEE account login using the web interface at:
and go to "Mail Forwarding and Replies" under the "Mail" category. Where it says "Forward to other address?" click on "Yes" and enter the address. You can uncheck where it says to deliver locally as well.
If you do not have a LEVEE e-mail address you will need an alias which you can set up using this form. Please give me a day or so to set this up since I do them all manually!
- Once you have your LEVEE address forwarding mail to your GMail account, you must login to GMail and go to the "Settings" link. Click on "Accounts and Import" and find the section where it says "Send Mail As". Click on the button that says "Send mail from another address" and enter your @levee or @epsc address. Leave the "Send through GMail" selection checked and click "Next Step" and then the "Send Verification" button. This will send a message to your address which will then forward to your GMail account.
- You will receive a new GMail message with a link you click on to verify the account. After it is confirmed you will then be able to send mail from GMail with your lovely @epsc.wustl.edu address. While you are composing a message, in the From: line you will see a select bar where you can select from what address you want the message to originate. You can have one for email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't think GMail has a limit!
Reading Your LEVEE E-Mail remotely using a GMail Account
The first thing many people want to do is read their e-mail remotely. To do this from GMail, you must first set it up to grab a copy of your LEVEE mail.
- Sign up for a free GMail account and login.
- Click on Settings and click on the tab that says Accounts
- Look for the entry that says "Get mail from other accounts" and click the link that says "Add a mail account you own".
- You will see a pop-up where you will need to add your e-mail address (email@example.com), and then click Next.
- Enter your username, your LEVEE password, and for POP Server use levee.wustl.edu (NOT mail.levee.wustl.edu!). Leave the port number as 110 and check the box to Leave a copy of retrieved message on the server. Do NOT check the secure connection (SSL) box and you can label the messages if you like.
- It will ask you if you want to be able to send mail as that user and you should go ahead and say Yes
- If you did say Yes to send mail as your LEVEE account, select to use GMail's mail server NOT our SMTP server. We certainly are not a professional domain!
- Ask GMail to send you a verification e-mail message which will contain a link you can click on to verify your address
- Once you click on the link in the mail message or enter the verification code from the message your account should be set
Using Eudora/Thunderbird/Outlook to Read Your LEVEE/GMail mail
Once you have setup your GMail account to grab all of your LEVEE mail, you can use any POP3 compliant mail client to grab your mail from GMail. In your GMail account, go into Settings and select Forwarding and POP/IMAP and make sure POP Download is Enabled for all mail that arrives from now on. You can also decide whether to leave the mail in you GMail account's Inbox, archive them, or to delete them once your PC has grabbed the messages. You can find instructions on setting up your client to grab mail from GMail by looking at their online instructions. This will also allow you to send mail through GMail and the messages can be sent as your firstname.lastname@example.org address. That means you can leave your Reply-To: address as your WUSTL address and GMail should happily accept it.
Hugh Chou, hugh@levee, Room 289, 5-4012
(add .wustl.edu to the e-mail address if e-mailing from off campus!)