20110726 IT Anouncement Interchange to FASmail migration

Interchange to FASmail migration (September 2011)

UBC IT has created a new e-mail service called FASmail (Faculty and Staff e-mail). Software used on the Interchange e-mail servers was last upgraded in 2004 and is no longer supported by the vendor, so we are preparing to migrate all Interchange accounts to FaSMail in September 2011. This will be followed by a migration of Exchange 2007 accounts to FaSMail.

FASmail features
FASmail is an enterprise email service for staff, faculty and student employees of the University of British Columbia. The FASmail service furthers the academic mission of the University by providing timely and immediate communications access to the University, other institutions, organizations and individuals.

Features of the service include:

•1GB mailbox and calendar. (Interchange is only 0.2Gb)
•Free/Busy Look-ups for booking meetings, rooms and equipment. (post-migration)
•E-mail addresses and calendars of all departmental contacts using the service in one address book.
•Ability to schedule and accept meeting requests with other FASmail account holders.
•Options to delegate mailbox and calendar access to different users.
•Virus protection and spam prevention using Sophos PureMessage.
•The Outlook Web App provides an Outlook-like experience using a wide variety of web browsers.
•Support for iPhone synchronization
•Blackberry integration (BES): available as a paid option

More details about the migration are available at http://ip.med.ubc.ca/Page4612.aspx

Colin Bryant
Computer System Coordinator