SMTP Configuration

How to configure your email client for authenticated SMTP

Reviewed by Murray Anderegg 02/27/2013

The Department of Computer Science runs an outgoing mail or SMTP server that allows you to authenticate with your userid and password, and then allows you to send a message from any IP address on the internet to any email address anywhere. The department is planning to phase out support for users on the local SMTP server during spring semester 2013. Users of the department’s Google Mail service should use smtp.gmail.com or smtp.googlemail.com as their outgoing mail server. Users of the campus Microsoft Exchange server should use smtp.unc.edu. Additional information on why and how to use authenticated SMTP are on the campus help page at http://help.unc.edu/?id=3916.

Configuring Authenticated SMTP with smtp.unc.edu under Thunderbird

In Thunderbird, select Edit Menu, then select Account Settings and scroll down to Outgoing Server (SMTP).  Click on Outgoing Server (SMTP) and you should see a window similar to the following:

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Change the server name to smtp.unc.edu, the port to 587, click to enable ‘Use name and password’, enter your ONYEN as the ‘User Name:’ and click ‘TLS’ under ‘Use Secure Connection’, so that the Outgoing Server (SMTP) server looks similar to:

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More information about configuring email clients for use with the campus outgoing email server, smtp.unc.edu, is available at:
http://help.unc.edu/?id=3916.

Configuring Authenticated SMTP with smtp.gmail.com under Thunderbird

Google appears to support using either smtp.gmail.com or smtp.googlemail.com as the outgoing server name.

In Thunderbird, select Edit Menu, then select Account Settings and scroll down to Outgoing Server (SMTP).  Click on Outgoing Server (SMTP) and you should see a window similar to the following:

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Change the server name to smtp.gmail.com and the connection security to SSL/TLS.  The port should automatically change to 465. The authentication method should be ‘Normal password’.  Enter your userid@cs.unc.edu, e.g. anderegg@cs.unc.edu, so that the Outgoing Server (SMTP) server looks similar to:

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Configuring Authenticated SMTP with smtp.unc.edu under other email clients

More information about configuring email clients for use with the campus outgoing email server, smtp.unc.edu, is available at:
http://help.unc.edu/?id=3916