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Accessing Your Exchange Account from Off Campus or UIUC wireless

Accessing Your Exchange Account from Off Campus or UIUC wireless

I. Background

Due to security considerations, the network port that Outlook uses by default to access your Exchange mailbox is not accessible from off campus. There are several solutions that will allow you to access your email account from off-campus:

* Use Outlook Web Access (OWA)
* Use the CITES Virtual Private Networking (VPN)

II. Solutions
Use Outlook Web Access (OWA)

Using a web browser and the internet, Outlook Web Access (OWA) provides access to your Exchange account from anywhere in the world at any time.

OWA allows access to email, scheduling (including group scheduling), contacts, and Exchange folders. You can drag-and-drop, use pop-up menus, toolbars, out-of-office settings, and delegate access to your calendar. You can double-click to create appointments and meetings, view meeting reminders in pop-up windows, search your mailbox, and view and edit distribution lists stored in your contacts folder. OWA also features New Email alerts and meeting reminders.

Using Internet Explorer, OWA functions much like a standard version of Outlook. (Other browsers can be used, but may not be as functional.)

* View Outlook Web Access Instructions
* Open OWA now

Use the CITES VPN Client and Outlook

* Using the VPN Client will allow you full access to UIUC resources when at home or when using UIUC Wireless, including allowing your Microsoft Outlook client to behave exactly as it does on campus.
* The VPN configuration at UIUC is open to any UIUC student, staff, or faculty member who wishes to participate.
View VPN Configuration Installation and Configuration Instructions