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Important Changes to SCS Email Service

SCS Computing Facilities is pleased to announce the final steps in the modernization of the SCS email infrastructure. The new infrastructure, known as Corvid, utilizes the latest technologies to provide higher performance, improved reliability, increased capacity, an expanded feature set and vastly improved administration of the email services.

CORVID

Later this month -- at the end of January 2006 - the final stages of our Corvid mail system will be deployed. The final results of this will be:

  • A significant reduction in spam
  • More predictable, reliable email delivery
  • Fuzzy name matching will go away. We have taken steps to ensure that the most commonly used addresses for an individual will continue to work. In most cases, users need not take any actions to have their mail work as it had before. To review your list of pre-loaded mail local addresses (mla), go to: http://www.fac.cs.cmu.edu/corvid/lookup

For more information on the benefits and history behind the Corvid email system, please see the following link:

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~help/mail_news/system_upgrade/corvid_history.html"

UX SERVER RETIREMENTS

Simultaneously with the Corvid deployment, we are retiring the UX mail servers between now and June. Our goal is to have all users transitioned to the Corvid mail system by the end of June 2006. We are doing this in stages, 2-3 servers per month. We will contact you individually when we start the migration for your UX server; for more information on the migration process, please see:

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~help/mail_news/mail_migration/index.html

Note: The primary email service in Corvid is based on IMAP; we have found that this is the best choice for most users. Corvid also provides email delivery using the older POP3 protocol for those who wish to use it.

In the next few months, you will be receiving additional email communications from us regarding this transition. If there is sufficient interest, we will host Question and Answer sessions about this transition, the choices available to you, and so on; we may also host some Lunch and Learn sessions. Please let us know if you are interested in one of these sessions.

We know that the transition from one email system to another needs to be carefully planned and efficiently executed. We recognize that you rely upon email for your work everyday. We will do everything we can to make the transition as smooth as possible for you. If you need assistance at anytime during this transition, we are prepared to help.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this transition, please contact the SCS Help Desk, x8-4231 or send mail to help+@cs.cmu.edu.