Creating an email alias allows you to personalize your email address by creating an easier-to-remember address for your real email address. Anyone who has an email service on a U of S server can personalize their email address. You cannot register an alias to an off-campus server (e.g. Sasktel, Shaw, Hotmail, etc.) in MITS. Your Network Services ID (NSID) is required to register an alias in MITS.
People commonly use their first and last name as the basis for their email alias. For example, you can register email@example.com as an alias for firstname.lastname@example.org in MITS. All incoming mail going to email@example.com will be forwarded to the real address at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have created your alias, you can tell people your email address is email@example.com and then they will not have to remember your real email address. Students and alumni are limited to one email alias; employees can create multiple email aliases.
All email aliases must conform to the Computer Use Policy. By completing a MITS registration you agree to conform to these policies, including the policy to refrain from using University computing facilities in threatening, discriminatory, harassing, or obscene manners.
To create an email alias you will need to:
To modify an existing email alias, in the Current Aliases box make any change(s) and click the Save Changes button.
To delete an existing email alias, click the Delete button below the alias you wish to delete.
Creating a MITS email alias does not automatically make the alias appear as your outgoing email address (your "from" address). Depending on the server your email services is on, it may be possible to have your outgoing email manually set to indicate your email alias.
When you create an alias using MITS, there will be a check box for selecting the alias as your 'Primary Address'. Only one alias can be selected as your 'Primary Address'. The alias that is selected as 'Primary Address' will automatically become your "from" address when using Outlook Web App, Outlook clients (in Exchange mode), and mobile devices (except Blackberry devices configured to use IMAP... see the set-up guides for mobile devices).
Some email clients such as Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook (in IMAP mode) may allow you to set your outgoing address. The method to set this will vary with each client. Please Note: You must be careful with setting your outgoing address from within your email client. It is possible to specify a "from" address that does not exist. In that case, you could send email to people, but when they try to reply to you, the email will bounce back saying no such person exists. You should always test your email after setting it up by sending email to yourself and then replying to the message.