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The MIT Kavli Institute IT department offers members of the MKI community a range of technology services, including shell accounts, e-mail, web space, and printing. It also coordinates the purchase and configuration of hardware and software licenses.

E-mail and User Accounts

Types of accounts

There are two main types of e-mail addresses in use by MKI community members: MIT accounts and Space accounts. The article below explains the differences between the accounts, the pros and cons of using either, and how to change mail routing between the two.

MIT accounts

MIT accounts are:

  • Issued by MIT through Information Services and Technology
  • Used for Kerberos login to institutionally restricted resources like Atlas and eCat
  • Provides shell access on Athena
  • Tied to an active MIT affiliation
  • Hosting e-mail sent to your @mit.edu e-mail address in MIT's own Microsoft Exchange server
  • Limited to 2 GB of mail storage
  • Not managed by the MKI IT team

Space accounts

Space accounts are:

  • Issued by the IT team (through Kenton Phillips) upon request after joining the community
  • Used to log into space.mit.edu, our shell server, and other machines bound to our user database.

  • Governed by our Account Policy
  • Hosting email sent to your @space.mit.edu e-mail address on our own mail server.
  • Mail storage quotas are not imposed but large mailboxes may severely affect performance (see below).
  • Managed by the MKI IT team

Choosing your mail routing

There are three options available for routing mail you receive at your MIT and Space e-mail addresses:

  1. Keep your accounts separate. Mail sent to your @mit.edu e-mail address will be stored by MIT in Microsoft Exchange, and mail sent to your @space.mit.edu address. This can be useful if you have a preexisting MIT affiliation and you wish to segregate your MKI-related mail.
  2. Forward your @mit.edu mail to @space.mit.eduMail sent to your @mit.edu e-mail address will be delivered to your @space.mit.edu email address. If you receive a small volume of e-mail or prefer being able to access your mail through a command-line interface like mutt or /bin/mail.
  3. Forward your @space.mit.edu mail to @mit.eduMail sent to your @space.mit.edu e-mail address will be delivered to your @mit.edu e-mail address.  If you receive a large volume of e-mail, this is the best option for you. Exchange is a robust platform that integrates seamlessly with Mac OS X mail and most iOS devices, and is widely supported.

Routing mail from MIT to Space

To route your mail from @mit.edu to @space.mit.edu, do the following (this article assumes Mac OS X is your platform of choice):

  1. Open a terminal window (located at /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app) and type the following and hit Enter:

    ssh <your kerberos username>@athena.dialup.mit.edu

  2. Enter your Kerberos password when prompted. At the command prompt that follows, type the following:

    chpobox -s <your space username>@space.mit.edu

Note: if at any point you choose to reverse this procedure, SSH into athena as per step 1 but enter the following command:

chpobox -p

That will restore your mail delivery @mit.edu to the default (which is Exchange).

Routing mail from Space to MIT

To route your mail from @space.mit.edu to @mit.edu, do the following:

  1. Open a terminal window (located at /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app) and type the following and hit Enter:

    ssh <your space username>@space.mit.edu

  2. Enter your Space password when prompted. At the command prompt that follows, type the following:

    forwardmail -s <your kerberos username>@mit.edu

Setting up your e-mail client

Once you've chosen your routing settings, you should set up your e-mail client. A wide variety of e-mail clients are available for multiple platforms, but the MKI technology team principally provides support for Mac and Linux workstations. Below you can find generic settings for setting up both Space and MIT mail accounts in your e-mail client of choice, and we also offer a tutorial for users of Mac OS X mail.

Generic settings

For Space mail:

Incoming mail serverspace.mit.edu
Incoming server port993 (IMAP) or 143 (POP)
Incoming server settingsEnable SSL; use Space username and password
Outgoing mail serverspace-out.mit.edu
Outgoing server port587
Outgoing server settingsEnable SSL; use Space username and password

For MIT mail, per their documentation:

Incoming mail serverimap.exchange.mit.edu
Incoming server port993 (IMAP)
Incoming server settingsEnable SSL; use Kerberos username and password
Outgoing mail serveroutgoing.mit.edu
Outgoing server port465 or 587
Outgoing server settingsEnable SSL; use Kerberos username and password

Mac OS X Mail

To set up Space mail in Mail.app in Mac OS X, do the following:

  1. Open Mail.app. Click the "Mail" menu and select "Preferences", or type ⌘+, .
  2. Click the "Accounts" pane. There will be a list of your mail accounts on the left side. Below them, click the "+" sign.
  3. The New Account wizard will open.  Under "Choose a mail account to add...", select "Add Other Mail Account...". Click "Continue".
  4. Under "Add a Mail Account", enter your name under Full Name, your Space e-mail address under Email address, and your Space password under Password. Click "Next". It will indicate your account needs to be manually configured.
  5. Under "Incoming Mail Server Info", select IMAP under Account Type , type space.mit.edu under Mail Server, your Space username under User Name, and your Space password under Password. Click "Next".
  6. Under "Outgoing Mail Server Info", enter space-out.mit.edu under SMTP Server, your Space username under User Name, and your Space password under Password. Click "Next".
  7. Your mail has been configured.

To set up MIT mail in Mail.app in Mac OS X, do the following:

  1. Open Mail.app. Click the "Mail" menu and select "Preferences", or type ⌘+, .
  2. Click the "Accounts" pane. There will be a list of your mail accounts on the left side. Below them, click the "+" sign.
  3. The New Account wizard will open. Under "Choose a mail account to add...", select Exchange. Click "Continue".
  4. In the window that opens, enter your name under Name, your MIT e-mail address under Email Address, and your Kerberos password under Password.
  5. Your mail has been configured.

 

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