MGH / Partners Email
If you have gotten your Martinos Account since 2013 you DO NOT
have an account on the Martinos Center email server. Email sent to
your Martinos Center account address at @nmr.mgh.harvard.edu is
forwarded to your MGH/Partners address. All users will eventually
have their email boxes migrated to the MGH/Partners servers.
For instructions on accessing your MGH/Partners email see
Martinos Center Email Server (for older accounts only)
A web page is available at the easy to remember address of:
At this site you will find links to:
- Read email through your web browser
- Setup an Out-of-Office (aka vacation) reply
- Setup email forwarding to another address
- FileDrop -- a site to upload large
attachments instead of mailing them
- Change filter settings in Partners Gateway
Email Reader Settings
Incoming e-mail access is provided for Martinos Center
research personnel via the IMAP and POP mail remote mail
access protocols over SSL. Remote mail agents such as Outlook, Outlook
Express, Thunderbird, Mac Mail utility and Netscape all do at least one
of these protocols. Configure your email client to use these settings:
You can use either POP or IMAP. Make sure to enable SSL (often found
in advanced options). Eudora v5.1 claims to support SSL but it does
not appear to work consistently. All email readers we know get
the port right automatically, but if not the port for IMAP should be 993
and the port for POP should be 995.
Make sure any setting referring to a root folder is left blank
(on the old server we had users set this to "mail")
We strongly suggest using IMAP rather than POP unless you consistently
use just one computer to read your email and you make backups
of that computer.
Outgoing e-mail settings are
Server: mail.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu or smtp.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu
SSL (or TLS): on
Login/Authentication: on/required (same user/pw as for incoming)
DO NOT turn on "Secure Password Authentication"
This should work from anywhere on the internet including a traveling laptop
or home PC. In some programs, like evolution that do not have an
explicit field for the port number, you can give the server as
smtp.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu:465 to set the port.
WARNING: for some versions of Outlook and Outlook Express, you must
use mail.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu as your outgoing server instead of
smtp.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu due to a failure of Microsoft to follow
standards properly. This could be true of other readers, so if you
have trouble using one server with your email client, try the
other. If mail.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu does not work on port 465,
try using it on port 587 instead.
Because of the use of SSL, your password and messages are encrypted
during transmission in communications with our servers. However,
beyond that there is no further encryption of the message. So this is
not a guarantee of the privacy of your correspondence. There are many
third-party tools for message body encryption but unfortunately no
clear standards yet.
If you are getting messages about an invalid or insecure certificate
Pine and IMAP
For information on moving local pine folders into the mail server
via IMAP and setting up pine to use them via IMAP, read