All students at FIT are assigned an account on faculty student Unix server eva.fit.vutbr.cz. This server receives all mail for students. Personal web pages may be created here as well. An official e-mail address for students at FIT is
Any e-mail notifications concerning study will be delivered here. According study and examination rules students are required to use this address for communication with faculty staff. If you wish to forward mail from this address somewhere else you should use .procmailrc.
Unix account is used to login (without domain) (see student's account and data security).
There are several ways to read your e-mail:
- Keep mail on server eva and read it using local program mutt or alpine - after login over ssh (in Windows use Putty).
- Keep mail on server eva and read it remotely using program over IMAP4 protocol (Mozilla Thunderbird, Outlook, Android/K9-Mail, etc.). If you do not want or cannot configure e-mail client you can use web email https://roundcube.fit.vutbr.cz or https://email.fit.vutbr.cz.
- You may redirect mail to different server. This may be a bit tricky. A delivery failure may cause flood of error messages in your mailbox. If you still want to redirect your mail, follow guidelines at e-mail redirection and sorting. If some e-mail is not delivered due to an error in redirection you may miss an important study information.
Sending and receiving e-mailAccording to BUT Computer Network Operating Regulations sender's address must be identical with his/her official address. Use of non-official e-mail server in BUT network is prohibited. Such servers are prevented from sending e-mail at BUT firewall. Sending spam and other materials in contradiction to principles of reasonable use of BUT and CESNET2 networks are considered transgression of BUT Computer Network Operating Regulations . The size of both sent and delivered messages is limited to 32MB including all attachments. Messages are automatically checked on undesirable contents while both sending and receiving and may be rejected or discarded. If you send message with dangerous contents you will receive notification of rejection or discard of attachment. Notifications of discarded incoming messages are not send since there are even thousands of such messages during virus or spam storms. Overview of undelivered dangerous messages may be found in FIT information system.
Limits on mail
Mailbox size is not limited. However, we recommend that the incoming mailbox (INBOX) size does not exceed 1GB. Older emails you want to keep can be moved to another mailbox once a semester/year. Similarly, we recommend keeping your outbox within reasonable limits. The reason is the load of backups, these mailboxes change very often, so it is necessary to back up them every day with differential backups, which are then unnecessarily large.
Parameters for setting IMAP4 client
|Sender's email@example.com||You are obliged to use your official address|
|SMTP server||smtp.stud.fit.vutbr.cz||SMTP server for outgoing mail|
|SMTP port||25||May be used in need, some ISP block this port|
|SMTP port||587||Port 587 is intended for submitting e-mail messages, requires authentication (i.e. Unix login and password). Since these values are sent in clear text form you need to use encrypted communication (SSL/TLS). However MS Outlook does not support STARTLS command on other port than 25 so in this case you have to use port 465|
|SMTP port||465||Port 465 is designed for SMTP over SSL (i.e. w/o STARTTLS command). You may need to use this port in Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird will accept this setting as well.|
|SMTP over SSL||yes||During SMTP authentication the password is sent in clear text so use of encrypted connection is necessary|
|Authentication||yes||Authentication is required (i.e. Unix login and password - attention, login only, not the whole e-mail address). Do not check SPA box (Outlook - Secure Password Authentication) - this is not supported|
|IMAP server||imap.stud.fit.vutbr.cz||IMAP server for reading mail|
|IMAP port||993||IMAP protocol sends username and password in clear text so encrypted communication channel is required. Alternatively port 143 with STARTLS may be used.|
|IMAP over SSL||yes||Remote access is permitted over encrypted channel only.|
|Root folder||Path to root folder must be empty. The real local location of mailboxes is $HOME/mail|
|Ph.D. students, i-account|
|Sender's firstname.lastname@example.org||only these three parameters differ, for the rest see above|
Note: this may seem quite complicated. However both MS Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird support autoconfiguration.
The mailbox is blocked whenever user account is blocked, e.g. when study at FIT is terminated. When account is unblocked mailbox is accessible again.