Update on Zimbra Email Transition

We’ve been progressing on our Zimbra email system transition. We did the official cut over at the end of August, but there was no easily way to transfer much of the information out of our previous system. As a result, we’ve been posting “how to” documents and helping users move contacts and email folders from the old system to the new. We have to shut down the previous system on November 25th.

To begin, all users have been primarily using the Zimbra browser version, but we’ve had test users also using the Zimbra Desktop clients, OS X Email, iCal, iPhones, and Microsoft Outlook clients. This week we are posting help sheets to all for setting up iPhones (email, contacts and calendars), Zimbra Desktop on both OS X and Windows, OS X Email and iCal, and Microsoft Outlook. Some of these clients are a bit complicated to set up initially (Outlook, for example), but we’ve found them to run reliably so far once set.

iPhones and Zimbra have been particularly useful for most users, since the native Mail program on iPhones works well with Zimbra.

The new email system has had a learning curve for the school, but this is a long-term project and the previous system had 9 years of development (and dead ends), so we’re not trying to rush this system. It’s honest work, and it has been enjoyable seeing the new system evolve with complicated shared resources and calendars. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen organization decide to stick with a proprietary, single client email system, and it’s fun to work with a standards based system that is designed to work with many clients and devices.

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