Email, Exchange, Accessing Exchange Email and Calendar from Off Campus
This page describes how to access your Exchange email and calendar account from off-campus.
Due to security considerations, the network port that Outlook uses by default to access your Exchange mailbox is not accessible from off campus. There are several solutions that will allow you to access your email account from off-campus:
- Use a web browser to access your email
- Use the Virtual Private Networking (VPN) system
- Windows Outlook users only:) Configure Outlook to access Exchange over the Internet
Using a web browser and the internet, Outlook Web Access (OWA) provides access to your Exchange account from anywhere in the world at any time.
OWA allows access to email, scheduling (including group scheduling), contacts, and Exchange folders. You can drag-and-drop, use pop-up menus, toolbars, out-of-office settings, and delegate access to your calendar. You can double-click to create appointments and meetings, view meeting reminders in pop-up windows, search your mailbox, and view and edit distribution lists stored in your contacts folder. OWA also features New Email alerts and meeting reminders.
Using Internet Explorer, OWA functions much like a standard version of Outlook. (Other browsers can be used, but may not be as functional.)
Login to OWA: https://webmail.illinois.edu
- Using the VPN Client will allow you full access to University of Illinois network resources when at home or when using IllinoisNet Wireless, including allowing your Microsoft Outlook client to behave exactly as it does on campus.
- The VPN system is available to any Urbana-Champaign student, staff, or faculty member who wishes to participate.
- Your department may run its own VPN service. If this is the case, please talk to your local network administrator for installation and configuration instructions.
Configuring RPC over HTTP will allow your Outlook Client to function as if it were on campus without the installation of the VPN client.
This option is only available for Windows users who use Outlook. Mac users and non-Outlook Windows users will not have this option available.