Office 2003 Upgrade Information
Faculty/Supporting Staff ~ Administration and Student Services Staff ~ Retirees/Other
Over the next several months Technology Services will begin a systematic upgrade of Faculty and Staff Computers to Office 2003, and migrate e-mail to the new Exchange Server.
This means programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and Outlook will be upgraded to the latest version. The old programs will be removed, but data files, e-mails, contacts, address books, etc will be kept intact, and will be migrated over to the new software. FrontPage is not included in Office 2003 and will no longer be available.
Older e-mail programs such as Eudora and Outlook Express, will no longer be supported. All users will be sending and receiving e-mail through Outlook 2003.
Users may keep old e-mail messages in Eudora, but all new messages will be received though Outlook 2003. Eudora will no longer function; except as a place to keep old messages that were received before the upgrade.
With the Outlook 2003 Exchange Server migration, comes the ability to access all e-mail, calendars, and contacts remotely - even off campus (through computers with Internet Access and Internet Explorer 6). We are in the process of setting up a web e-mail service that looks and functions like Outlook 2003. It will be available at https://mymail.victoriacollege.edu
At a later point in time, changes will also be made to the way users access Dial-In Internet service. For information click here.
If you do not read and complete the following you will not have e-mail after the upgrade!!!!!
- Read the following and follow the link at the end of this section. It will open a new page that asks for user information. Only the fields marked with an asterisk* are required. Retirees will be required to fill out a different form, instead of the one below, at a later point in time.
- Be sure to fill out everything correctly because this form will determine your new e-mail address and contact information. Everything you include on this page will be accessible by everyone with a VC e-mail address, and once completed your contact information will be found in every user's address book.
- You cannot put spaces or periods in the name fields; any information following these characters will be truncated (cut off). If you must include information that is usually separated by these characters, then use a hyphen. Just remember: how you type it is how it will show up.
- The field for "NT Login Name" is equivalent to your login user ID.
- In the e-mail address field, only type the first part of your e-mail address not @victoriacollege.edu.
- The preferred e-mail address will be FirstName.LastName@victoriacollege.edu. This is as much a security measure as a public relations improvement. By revealing your userid in the e-mail address, a potential hacker has gained knowledge of your userid and they only have to guess the password. By using the FirstName.LastName convention, your userid will not be known to the outside world. We have manually configured the e-mail system to accept e-mail sent to your current e-mail address with a variety of hostname/domain name combinations. (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) You are encouraged to migrate to the FirstName.LastName@victoriacollege.edu format. You will continue to receive messages addressed to the old format; however, any new e-mail that you send will have FirstName.LastName@victoriacollege.edu as the return e-mail address.
- The link for the information form is: http://helpdesk.victoriacollege.edu/exchangeusers - Click the Add button.
Retirees and others who do not access their e-mail from campus, will be required to use the web based system at https://mymail.victoriacollege.edu. We will migrate these users to the Exchange Server during the summer session.
Retirees also do not need to fill out the faculty/staff information form. Several of the required fields on this form do not apply. A different form will be posted. More to come...