Exchange Online upgrade for employees

We're upgrading all employee email accounts from Exchange 2016 to Exchange Online. This second phase of our Exchange Online upgrade project will only upgrade primary NetLink ID email accounts. Role-based email accounts will be migrated in Phase 3 starting in 2025.

New email and calendar features in Outlook

Exchange Online brings new features and a modern Outlook experience to all UVic employees. New features include:

Improved security and Microsoft 365 integration

What you need to know about the migration

On July 2 2024, University Systems will start migrating primary NetLink ID email accounts to the new Exchange Online service. Shared mailboxes will be moved later during Phase 3. All eligible mailboxes will be moved before September 2024.

  1. To prepare for migration, please delete unwanted messages from your Junk Email and Deleted Items folders. This will speed up the migration process.
  2. You will receive a notification email before your email account is migrated and after it is successfully upgraded.
  3. Migrations are scheduled between 2am - 6am Pacific Standard Time to minimize interruption. Access to your email will be briefly interrupted during that time. We recommend restarting your computer the morning after your email migration occurs.
  4. Your calendar in Microsoft Teams can take up to 72 hours to sync after the upgrade.

If you have any questions or concerns about changes to your email account, contact your IT support for help.

What to expect after your upgrade to Exchange Online

Your email account will have some notable differences after upgrade to Exchange Online.

Access and accounts

Visual differences and new features

Changes to email clients

You may need to update your email client configuration after your email account is migrated. Here's what changed:

  • Older versions of Outlook on Windows and macOS can't connect to Exchange Online. Upgrade to Office 365 with your UVic account.
  • The iOS Mail app can't connect to Exchange Online. Use Outlook for iOS instead.
  • The Android Mail app can't connect to Exchange Online. Use Outlook for Android instead.

Outlook provides the best user experience for Exchange Online accounts. We have post-migration instructions for the following versions of Outlook:

Outlook 365 for Windows

Outlook will freeze if it's left open while your mailbox is being migrated. We recommend restarting your computer the morning your email migration occurs to avoid connection issues. If you can't open Outlook after restarting, there are a few ways to fix it.

If your computer is managed by University Systems:

  • Click the Windows Start Menu and search for Software Center. Open the application.
  • You should see a list of software available for your computer. Select the Exchange Online Outlook fix application.
  • Click Install.
  • When it's finished, re-launch Outlook.

If your computer is not managed by University Systems:

  • Download this Windows registry key to your computer.
  • You should have a file called UVicEmailUpgradeOutlook365-fix.reg. Double-click it to install.
  • When it's finished, re-launch Outlook.

If Outlook still won't open, check for Office 365 updates. You can also delete and re-add your email account to Outlook

Your IT support can help with fixing your Outlook client if you run into issues.

Outlook 365 for macOS

Outlook will freeze if it's left open while your mailbox is being migrated. We recommend restarting your computer the morning your email migration occurs to avoid connection issues.

When you restart Outlook:

  • You'll be prompted to allow a new Autodiscover URL for your email account. Select Allow.
  • Restart Outlook again if prompted.

If Outlook still won't open, check for Office 365 updates. You can also delete and re-add your email account to Outlook.

Your IT support can help with fixing your Outlook client if you run into issues.

Outlook for iOS

After your email account is upgraded, Outlook for iOS will stop receiving emails. You can fix this by removing and re-adding your account.

Your IT support can help with fixing your Outlook client if you run into issues.

Outlook for Android

After your email account is upgraded, Outlook for iOS will stop receiving emails. You can fix this by removing and re-adding your account.

Your IT support can help with fixing your Outlook client if you run into issues.

Outlook on the web

If you access your email through mail.uvic.ca, you'll be automatically redirected to outlook.offfice.com after migration.

If you have issues accessing your mailbox, make sure your web browser is up to date.

Your IT support can help with fixing your Outlook client if you run into issues.

Unsupported email clients

These email clients are now considered unsupported:

  • Mac Mail/iCal
  • iPhone and iPad Mail
  • Android Mail
  • Thunderbird

If you use an unsupported email client, you'll have to remove and re-add your email account. You might experience issues with account syncing, permissions, or your calendar. We recommend switching to Outlook to avoid problems with your UVic email. Outlook is provided free with your UVic Microsoft account.

If you need help re-adding your email account to an unsupported client, contact your IT support.

Questions?

Later in Summer 2024 we're launching Microsoft Bookings, Microsoft Teams Channel Meeting capabilities, and Viva Insights. Join the Teams and SharePoint community of practice in Microsoft Teams to stay up to date with the launch of these services!

If you have any questions or concerns about your email migration, please contact the Computer Help Desk.