Microsoft Exchange 2010 at KFUPM

Information and FAQs about Using Exchange 2010 at KFUPM

Information Technology Center is pleased to inform you that new Exchange 2010 email services for the KFUPM community has been implemented successfully. As a result, we are moving the users from the present email system to Exchange email (as announced earlier).

Change Comparison:

Old Login

New Login

 Login Credentials

Portal username and password

Internet username and password [can be used without kfupm\ ]


Exchange 2010 Features:

Exchange 2010 email, available to faculty and staff, is more than an email service. Its personal management features include calendaring, contacts, tasks and notes. Exchange email also allows easy collaboration with colleagues across the University with an always-up-to-date address book and the ability to easily schedule meetings. A wide variety of mobile devices, including iPhones, BlackBerry phones, Windows mobile devices, and other capable smart phones can access Exchange services. Webmail (Outlook Web Access), available through  is a powerful service that enables anytime, anywhere access to email and the other features.

Accessing Exchange Email with a Client (like Outlook):

Exchange 2010 supports a variety of email clients for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. These include Microsoft product such as Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. You can also use email clients like Thunderbird, but you will only have access to email. If you require assistance in determining which email client is right for you, contact the ITC Help Desk at 3111.


Detailed Help:

For further assistance with your configurations ITC recommends you to use the following support options:

Exchange on your Phone or Mobile Device:

While ITC can't provide support for all the smartphones and mobile devices, many can easily be configured. Windows mobile devices work seamlessly with Enterprise Exchange. Other devices with Active Sync capability also provide robust service. With some mobile devices, you are only able to read email. The information you need to connect your phone to Enterprise Exchange is provided below.

  • Exchange on iPhone

  • Exchange on Nokia

  • ·         Exchange on BlackBerry

  • ·         Exchange on MacBook

  • ·         Exchange on Android

  • ·         Exchange on iPad

    Note: MS Outlook 2003 and Outlook Express email clients are not compatible as MAPI client for Exchange 2010, Hence users are requested to upgrade MS Office to 2010 or at least 2007 if they want to use MAPI client depending on their computer configuration. If you need assistance in determining which email client is right for you, contact the ITC Help Desk at 3111.


    Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) about the KFUPM Exchange Service

    General KFUPM Exchange Questions

    Email-Related Questions

    Mobile Device-Related Questions







    Answers to Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) about the KFUPM Exchange Service

    General KFUPM Exchange Questions:

    What is my KFUPM Exchange account login and password?


    Your Exchange account login name is your KFUPM computing ID, you can use your username without ‘kfupm\’. Your Exchange account password is your computing password. Don’t know this password? You can (re)set it.


    Why internet password? Why not portal password?


                The Exchange server authenticates through the Active directory which is also used to authenticate Users for Internet access, whereas the Portal authenticates through the Portal LDAP which is used for authenticating the Portal login and also the old iPlanet Messaging Server. In near future all the KFUPM systems will be authenticating through the Active directory and hence there will be only one username/password needed to access all KFUPM services.


    What will happen to my old emails?


     All the old emails which were received on your old email account will be on the old server; hence can be accessed through the KFUPM Portal. If a user needs to migrate these old emails to the new Exchange account, he should contact the ITC helpdesk and use one of the links provided. However, if a user was downloading his emails to any local client, then he will have his old emails on his email client (in his old profile).


    How do I access my KFUPM Centralized Exchange account when I am off-campus?

    You have two options for viewing your KFUPM Exchange Service account when connecting from home or elsewhere:

    ·         You can visit Outlook Web Access (OWA) in a Web browser.

    ·         You can try to use Outlook Anywhere.

    o    Note: Our experience is that Outlook Anywhere does not work everywhere; there are differences in success among Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and even variances in success (dependent upon location) with the same ISP. Also, ITC does not support Outlook Anywhere; so if you cannot get it to work using the following instructions, assume that the problem lies with your ISP, and try one of the other methods suggested above for off-Grounds access to your KFUPM Exchange Service account.



    o    To configure Outlook Anywhere for Outlook:

    1.      Select Tools from the menu bar.

    2.      From the Tools dropdown menu, select Account Settings...

    3.      In the Account Settings (Email Accounts) window, select your KFUPM Exchange Service account (e.g., Microsoft Exchange).

    4.      Click the Change... button.

    5.      Click the More Settings... button.

    6.      Select the Connections tab.

    7.      At the bottom of the Microsoft Exchange window, beneath Outlook Anywhere check the box beside Connect to Microsoft Exchange using HTTP.

    8.      Click the Exchange Proxy Settings... button.

    9.      In the text Use this URL to connect to my proxy server for Exchange: field, type:

    10.  Check box beside Connect using SSL.

    11.  Click the OK button.

    12.  Click the Apply button.

    13.  Click the OK button.

    14.  Click the Next-> button.

    15.  Click the Finish button.

    16.  Click the Close button

    17.  You may need to shut down Outlook (close it completely) and restart it after making these changes.

    After establishing an Outlook Anywhere configuration, you will be able to connect with it where it works.

    Also, if it works for you from home, you do not need to do anything when you have your computer at work; Outlook knows when it needs Outlook Anywhere and ignores this configuration if Outlook Anywhere is not needed.

    I want to change the appearance of my name in the From: line of emails sent from my Exchange account. How do I do this?


    If your Display name appears wrong, please contact: 4098; 7636 or 7243.


    ITC recognizes that the ability to change your name or address as it appears in the From: line of your outgoing messages to include your nickname or alias is important. Unfortunately, at the present time, this type of change is not possible. At KFUPM, a number of databases (some controlled by ITC, some controlled by others) need to interact to have names and email addresses display correctly. This complicated interaction makes allowing a person-selectable From: name/address choices more difficult than it might otherwise be. ITC has staff working on this issue as time, priorities and resources permit, and hopes to have a way for people to designate how they want their From: address to appear in the future.



    What is my quota? How much space do I have for my KFUPM Centralized Exchange account?

    Your mailbox quota is: 1 GB for Faculty, 500 MB for Staff and Students.

    What if I exceed my quota limit?

    You can view your mailbox whenever you want by clicking on the ‘File’ tab of your Outlook 2010 client.

    The exchange server will notify to the user when the Mailbox reaches 80% of his quota limit. However if the user does not take the necessary action by deleting the unwanted emails and reducing the mailbox size, the user will not be able to receive emails and the senders will be notified that ‘your message could not be delivered to the user mailbox has reached the allowed quota limit’.

    Moreover, in Outlook 2010 the senders will be notified as soon as they enter the recipient address if the recipient’s quota is full.

    Very soon ITC will be implementing the Email Archiving System through which all the emails older than the defined number of days will be archived automatically but still will appear in the user inbox with a different icon. When the user selects to read such email the email will be retrieved seamlessly and open in the Inbox of the users.

    Email-Related Questions:

    How do I change my Language settings for OWA?

    To change your Language settings please follow the steps

    What email client shall I use?

    ITC recommends using the the latest Microsoft software if possible. If you do not have Outlook 2010 (for your Windows computer) or Outlook 2011 (for your Mac) already installed, you can upgrade by requesting to the ITC..

    How do I configure Outlook for my KFUPM Exchange account?

    ·          Outlook 2010 - POP & SMTP Configuration (To receive Emails in an existing Outlook2010 Profile)

    ·          Outlook 2007 - POP & SMTP Configuration (To receive Emails in an existing Outlook 2007 Profile)

    ·          Outlook 2003 - with POP & SMTP Configuration (To receive Emails in an existing Outlook 2003 Profile)

    ·          Outlook Express - POP & SMTP Configuration (To receive Emails in an existing Outlook Express Profile)


    Why does my Outlook repeatedly prompt for my password and how to solve this issue?


    If you face the issue of repeated password prompts please update windows and the service pack for your Outlook



    How do migrate folder structure of my Inbox folder which appeared in my old IMAP access to the new Inbox?


    All the users who used to access their emails through IMAP and had a folder structure defined in their inbox folder, the folder structuring will not appear in their new inbox. However the folders can be migrated.

    To migrate the folders please follow provide your username and PORTAL password on the link.

    Can I use an email program other than Outlook for my KFUPM Exchange account? How do I configure an IMAP or POP connection to Exchange?

    You can, but it is not recommended. If you are on the KFUPM Centralized Exchange Service, ITC recommends using the Outlook email program for maximum functionality.

    If you want to use another email program (like Thunderbird or Eudora) with the KFUPM centralized Exchange server anyway, you’ll first need to configure a connection with these IMAP/POP settings, and then plan to use Outlook or the Outlook Web Access (OWA) to process and view your calendar, and the other email program only to view your email messages.

    A word of warning: Should you choose to use another email program with your Exchange account, be very careful to avoid deleting any email messages with calendar meetings or events attached in that email program. Because email and calendar are so closely tied on the Exchange Server, you may accidentally delete items off your calendar if you delete the associated email message. So, be sure to process all your calendar messages with Outlook or the Outlook Web Access (OWA) to ensure your Exchange calendar functions correctly.

    I want to set the Mail forwarding for my KFUPM Exchange account. How do I do    this?

    Please be aware that forwarding is not recommended, because forwarding your KFUPM Exchange account messages will break your calendaring. The Exchange calendar and email are closely integrated, and email messages about calendaring must be received and processed on the centralized Exchange server to have the information automatically put onto a calendar. If the message is not processed in Outlook or the Outlook Web Access (OWA), then the information in the message is not available to the calendar, and is therefore never entered onto your calendar. That being said, instructions are provided to set a forward through OWA.


    How do I Forward a copy of my KFUPM emails to an external account?


                To configure the Forwading to external accounts please login Outlook Web Access (OWA)

                and follow the steps as shown in the link below :


    ·         KFUPM Mail Forwarding to External Email Address



    How do I set an Auto Reply message?


    We suggest using Outlook Web Access (OWA) to ensure your auto-reply messages are consistent, and only being sent when you want them to be. To do this:

    1.      Go to  Outlook Web Access (OWA)

    2.      Select Options.

    3.      Click Set Automatic Replies in the left column.

    4.      Complete the settings accordingly.

    5.      Click on ‘Save’

    Why legitimate messages are sometimes delivered to my “Junk E-Mail” folder? How do I manage my spam mail?

    Microsoft sends out periodic updates to your Outlook software via Windows Update; sometimes these include updates to your Outlook Junk Mail Filter rules, where Microsoft makes subtle changes to the rules your email program uses to determine if an incoming email message is spam. Outlook follows these rules but will, from time to time, mistake a legitimate message for spam and mistakenly send it to the Junk E-mail Folder, or will miss a junk message and allow it to go to your Inbox.

    You can reduce the risk of messages being incorrectly sorted into the Junk E-mail folder by changing the level of spam protection Outlook provides you. For information about your options, and instructions on selecting an appropriate setting for your needs, see Microsoft’s article, “Change the level of protection in the Junk Email filter.

    If you would like to set a rule that Outlook always (or never) place messages from a particular sender in your Junk E-mail folder, then also see Microsoft’s article, “Add names to the Junk E-mail Filter lists,” where you can find out how to add a person to your “Safe Senders” list (so their mail is never marked as Junk), or “Blocked Senders” list (so their mail is always marked as Junk).

    Mobile Device-Related Questions:

    How do I configure my smartphone or mobile device to read my KFUPM Exchange account?

    ITC offers specific Exchange configuration instructions for the following types mobile devices:

    ·         Exchange on iPhone

    ·         Exchange on Nokia

    ·         Exchange on BlackBerry

    ·         Exchange on MacBook

    ·         Exchange on Android

    ·         Exchange on iPad

    If you have any other type of smartphone or mobile device, including HTC, you still may be able to successfully configure a connection; see information about connecting other mobile devices to your KFUPM email account.

    I lost my smartphone or mobile device. How do I remotely wipe my data using Outlook Web Access (OWA)?

    The following instructions work for all mobile devices with Active Sync:

    1.      Go to  Outlook Web Access (OWA)

    2.      Select Options.

    3.      Select Mobile Devices.

    4.      Select the lost device you want to wipe (remove all data).

    5.       Select Wipe All Data from Device... and follow the instructions provided.