Program configuration for Outlook Express 5 - 6

Make the following adjustments to use our news server:

Start Outlook Express as usual.

Start the news reader of Outlook Express with Set up a Newsgroups account.

Set up a Newsgroups account

If our news server is the first you use with Outlook Express, please continue with the configuration as described at step #3.
If you have already configured another news server, Outlook Express now displays the news reader window:

News reader window

You can add another news server by selecting Tools / Accounts:

Add another server - Tools / Accounts

Click at the register card News and choose Add / News:

Register card News - Add / News

Now you need to enter the configuration data.

Please enter your real name in the field Display Name and click Next.

Enter your full name

Please enter your correct e-mail address in the field E-mail address and click Next.

Enter your e-mail address

Enter the name of our news server: News.FU-Berlin.DE
Activate the check box left to My news server requires me to log on by clicking at it with your left mouse button. Click Next.

Enter the name of our news server

Please enter your username into the field Account name as well as your password into the field Password.

It is not necessary to enter a password as long as you're on campus at Freie Universitšt Berlin, or connected via VPN or WLAN (but excluding Eduroam at other universities).

Note: This password is not your general ZEDAT password, but a special News password, which is assigned on request.

"Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA)" must remain unchecked!

Enter Account name and Password

Click at Next and confirm the end of this configuration part with Finish.

Finish the configuration

After adding the news server Outlook Express has to download the list of available newsgroups. Click Yes to start:

Get the list of available newsgroups


Afterwards you can select the newsgroups you are interested in.

Selecting newsgroups

Please select the news server with the right mousebotton to optimize the news reader configuration. Click at the button Properties.

Optimize the news reader's configuration - Properties

Select the register card Advanced and choose the maximum value for Server Timeouts. If you prefer both authentication and articles to be transferred over an encrypted connection, check "This server requires a secure connection (SSL)" and set "Port number" to 563; otherwise leave it unchanged at "119".

Register card Advanced

A click on Apply and then on OK finishes the configuration.

As your final step please make sure that the usage of HTML is not activated. You can do that by selecting the command Tools / Options and clicking at the register card Send.

Tools / Options

The buttons for HTML should be unchecked.

Register card Send