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SCS Email Service

SCS Computing Facilities supports the Corvid email system and strongly encourages all SCS members to use it as their primary email service.

Quick Links

  • If you recently joined the SCS community, you should already have an account on the Corvid system (if one was requested). If you have been here a while, inquire about your Corvid account status by contacting the SCS Facilities Help Desk (x8-4231) or sending email to <help@cs.cmu.edu>.
  • You can access your SCS email using a conventional email client, the SCS Webmail interface, or both.
  • Users with a specific need for Microsoft's Exchange email service may also contact the Help Desk to request an account on that system.

Configuring your local mail client

In order to read and send mail, you will need to configure an email client to access remote servers.

When your email account receives a message, the mail is delivered to the server that holds your email account. This role is filled by the IMAP server. The IMAP server will store the mail for you until you are ready to read it, reply to it, file it, or otherwise manage your mail. To manage the mail in your email account, you will need to configure your mail client to talk to the IMAP server.

When you wish to send a mail message, the message needs to go to a server that takes your outgoing mail and sends it on for delivery. This role is filled by the SMTP server. This server will accept the mail you write and then send it on toward the recipient. In order to send mail, you will need to configure your mail client to contact the SMTP server for outbound mail.

Generic Settings

Our mail service should work with any mail client capable of connecting to IMAP and SMTP servers.

We recommend these settings for connecting to the IMAP server:

IMAP Server Name:imap.srv.cs.cmu.edu
Connection Security:TLS, STARTTLS, or SSL
UserID:your SCS UserID
Password:your SCS mail instance password

We recommend these settings for connecting to the SMTP server:

SMTP Server Name:smtp.srv.cs.cmu.edu
Connection Security:TLS, STARTTLS, or SSL
UserID:your SCS UserID
Password:your SCS mail instance password

Specific Instructions for Supported IMAP Clients

Useful information