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How to Migrate your Mail out of CERNVM

   

Migrating to Microsoft Mail or QuickMail

Since these are well established services, you will find the documentation you need already available.

  1. The use of Microsoft Mail is described in Chapter 9 of the NICE User's Guide, English and French editions of which are available on request from the UCO, tel 4952, email, User.Support@cern.ch

    You will need to contact your local Novell Administrator in order to get your personal mailbox created.

  2. If you choose to move to QuickMail, you will have to install it on your Mac. Instructions for doing this, and access to the documentation can be obtained on the Web at URL, http://asserv.cern.ch/quickmail/.
  3. In order to ensure that mail which is still being sent to your old CERNVM email address will be forwarded to your new address, you should execute the mailfwd command on CERNVM, for example
    mailfwd jrichards@cn.msm.cern.ch
    mailfwd Judy.Richards@macmail.cern.ch
  4. Once you are confident with your new environment, don't forget to 'announce' the change in your email address by changing your emdir address to point to your new mail address. You can do this with the command emdir on CERNVM.
  5. There are no automatic tools available for moving VM notebooks and NAMES files to the PC or Mac.

Migrating to the MailServer

The mailboxfor your incoming mail will be on the MailServer and your email address will be

userid@mail.cern.ch

You will access your mail from any Unix service, normally one of the public Unix services, cernsp, hpplus, or from your private workstation.

  1. Make sure you have a MailServer account;
    • use xwho or the web to check whether you already have an account on a public Unix service and the MailServer. If you do, you will see something like

          Service   Logon_id  uuu$gg   uid   gid Last logon
          <------->-<------->-<----->-<--->-<--->-<------->
          AFS       JUDY      ***$CP   663  1020  01-mar-96
      ==> CERNSP    JUDY      JAR$CP   663  1020  01-mar-96
          CERNVM    JUDY      JAR$CP              01-mar-96
          CSF       JUDY      JAR$CP   663  1020  19-jul-95
          DXCERN    JUDY      ***$CP   663  1020  22-feb-96
          HPPLUS    JUDY      JAR$CP   663  1020  16-feb-96
      ==> MAILSERV  JUDY      ***$CP   663  1020  Not known

      Many people have had a MailServer account created for them as part of a mass registration procedure.

    • if you do not already have an account on one of the public Unix services, contact your group administrator to get one. If you have no special requirements, get an account on cernsp. You will automatically get a MailServer account at the same time.
    • if you have a private workstation from which you want to read your mail, get your group administrator to add this to the list of hosts from which you are authorized to access the MailServer.
  2. If your Unix account is not brand new, before starting to handle your mail, on your Unix account, enter the command

    mailmigrate

    This ensures that your pine configuration (.pinerc) and forward files (.forward) are correctly set for using the MailServer. (If your Unix account was created some time ago, you may have settings which are not appropriate for use with the MailServer.)
  3. Decide whether you want to use pine or Netscape to handle your mail.
    • pine offers essentially the same functionality as mail on CERNVM,
      • has a keyboard interface (although the mouse can be used for basic 'cut and paste')
      • can be used from any type of terminal, even over slow lines
    • Netscape offers a full GUI interface
      • uses an X-based interface, and consequently needs an appropriate terminal and a good network connection
      • is quite new, and as such we have limited experience with it
  4. You can try both of them out (but one at a time please) by sending mail to yourself at
              userid@mail.cern.ch
  5. Moving between use of pine and Netscape is possible, but requires extra knowledge and care, so you are advised not to do this initially (see the Netscape FAQ at the URL http://consult.cern.ch/uco/netscape).
  6. Once you have made your choice and are reasonably comfortable with it, set up a forward from your 'old' mail address on CERNVM to your new MailServer account. On CERNVM issue the command
              mailfwd userid@mail.cern.ch
  7. Once you are confident with your new environment, don't forget to ``announce'' the change in your email address by changing your emdir address to point to your MailServer account. You can do this with the command emdir on either CERNVM or one of the central Unix services.


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Michel Goossens
CN Division
Tel. 3363
Wed Mar 13 07:42:40 MET 1996