Beginning Sept. 18, MU faculty and staff will get more e-mail storage space when they upgrade from Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.
Terry Robb, IT director of marketing and communications, said the current system offers 500 MB of storage. Exchange 2007 boasts 2 GB, more than four times the current quota. One GB is the equivalent of 1,000 MB, so the new system will offer 2,000 MB for faculty and staff, a much needed increase, according to Robb.
“We were receiving complaints about people hitting the 150 MB quota limit,” he said, “but this new system should be big enough.”
The switch is the third storage quota upgrade in a year, Robb said.
The upgrade comes at a time when MU students, who have until October to switch to the new e-mail system, are moving their e-mail accounts to Microsoft Office Outlook Live, increasing their storage space from 40 MB to 10 GB.
Robb said faculty and staff receive a smaller quota because Exchange 2007 is more business-oriented and requires less space for smaller messages.
The upgrade features two main differences from the old system. When using the calendar function, faculty and staff will now be able to set up meetings easier, and the addresses to connect to smart phones are slightly different, Robb said.
“It will be much easier to see people’s availability with this new system,” Robb said, “so when you try to plan a meeting Exchange users will be able to see who can or cannot do something at a specified time. It won’t show what they’re doing at that time, but simply if they’re available.”
According to an IT press release, “users may experience an interruption in e-mail access during the upgrade. If you experience an instance where you cannot access your mailbox over the weekend, simply try again later.”
The release stated the new system also allows faculty and staff to send out-of-office replies to non-university e-mail recipients.
Robb said the entire campus, except for hospital faculty and staff, will upgrade by Sept. 21.
IT offers upgrade information and instructions on its Web site.