On August 1, 2006, LCSR consolidated all user mail services onto a
single mail server running on
If you don't have a mail account on dragon, you don't receive mail
any of the LCSR administered machines.
Prior to this transition, each functional cluster of machines (eg,
faculty, research, graduate, undergraduate, etc) provided mail
services to its own set of users so it was possible for users with
accounts on more than one cluster to have more than one mail address
(and necessary for the user to read mail in more than one place or set
up forwarding to a central location).
The decision to centralize our mail services came about for several
- Best mail service available within the department.
Mail has come a long way in recent years.
From a medium for exchanging simple text messages between hosts, it
has evolved to include web pages, pictures, sound and video with the
messages now stored in centralized servers accessible via protocols
such as POP and IMAP.
While the mail clients and servers running on our Solaris machines
were capable of handling such mail, they were typically outdated and
buggy compared with the abilities of the server on
and clients under Linux and on users' personal machines.
Mail quotas are much larger on
- Simplicity from the user's point of view.
We found that many users were unaware of some accounts they had and
were as a result not seeing mail sent to them on those clusters.
All mail will now be routed to the new server.
- Spam and virus prevention.
employs real-time blacklisting, virus blocking, and spam tagging
in order to reduce the impact of these messages on our users.
While we did our best to route most of the mail through
there were some routes around this server which spammers and viruses
were able to find and use to circumvent our protective measures.
Putting all mail on
eliminates these bypasses.
- Ease of administration.
It's just easier to use a single built-to-be-scaled commercial mail
server than to coordinate mail servers across a number of clusters
with different administrators, policies, etc.
We began warning people of the impending transition May 1.
Discussion of the details and instructions on what to do were
posted on the web.
Several mass mailings were sent out.
Yet a number of people eligible for a
mail account have not created one.
There are two ways we can try to get in touch with our users via
will work if the user has an email account on
will work if the user has a working email address registered in the
Rutgers Online Directory.
CS Email Transition
The warning/discussion of the impending transition.
The webmail interface -- and place you go to create a
Rutgers Online Directory
Where you should go to register an email address for
forwarding mail sent to you
Follow the "Changes and Corrections" link to update your
registered email address.
Persons who are both students and employees should make sure
the right email address is registered in both places.
Although not directly related to the email transition, you
can get personalized forwarding like
at this site.
Scroll down to the
discussion to learn how to set this up.
This page last updated September 1, 2006.