Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, open source, mail application. It does not natively support connecting to an Exchange server (such as the one used on campus). However, every mailbox, by default, is also enabled to allow for an IMAP connection - a protocol that Thunderbird can use.

These instructions were created using Mozilla Thunderbird version 17.0.5 on Windows 7. Earlier or later versions of this software may have slightly different configuration options. However, they should all be able to connect to your University E-mail account. These instructions should also apply to those using a Mac or Linux.

  1. From the menu on the left, click on Local Folders, and then from the main screen click on Create a new account.Create New Account
  2. A "Welcome to Thunderbird" screen will appear. Click on the Skip this and use my existing email button at the bottom.Use Existing Mail
  3. Enter in the following information:Enter Email Account
    • Your name: Your name (as you want others to see it)
    • Email Address:
    • Password: Your NetID Password
    • Check the Remember password option
    Click on Continue
  4. You will need to enter in the server settings manually:

    • Incoming:
      • IMAP
      • Server hostname:
      • Port: 993
      • SSL: SSL/TLS
      • Authentication: Normal password
    • Outgoing:
      • Server hostname:
      • Port: 587
      • Authentication: normal password
      These Outgoing (SMTP) server settings will only work on-campus. E-mails can be sent by any SMTP server, therefore you may need to enter in the Outgoing Server settings for a third-party email system such as Gmail, Yahoo, or your Internet Service Provider if you are connecting from off-campus. Contact their technical support for connection information.
    • Username: Your NetID username
    Click on Done.

University Global Address List

The way that Thunderbird connects to your e-mail is very limited. Therefore, it will not natively connect to the Global Address Book - the public listing of the contact details of all employees at the University. However, it is possible to manually set up this connection.

Please note: this method will only work for computers on-campus, hard-wired to the network. All other methods of connection will not allow you to access this information.
  1. In Thunderbird, from the horizontal menu at the top, click on Address Book.
  2. In the screen the appears, click File, then New, and then LDAP Directory.New LDAP Directory
  3. A small box will appear asking for configuration information. Enter in the following:LDAP Server Settings
    • Name: This can be whatever you would like.
    • Hostname: unrdc3
    • Base DN: dc=unr,dc=edu (there are no spaces in this)
    • Port number: 3268
    • Bind DN: Your fully-qualified NetID - UNR\netid
    Click on OK.

You will then be able to search through the Global Address List. The GAL can be found on the menu at the left of the Address Book - it will marked by a small global icon.UNR GAL IconWhen you do your first search, you will asked for a password. This is your NetID password. You can tell the system to remember this password so that you are not prompted for it again.Password request.If you have any questions about this process, please contact IT Support.