Instant Messaging

Chat logoThe OIT Instant Messaging service offers a secure mechanism for collaborating with other members of the UCI community. We use real names and all communication stays within UCI. Unlike email, instant messaging is a real time communications tool. Most instant messaging applications consist mainly of a list of contacts, and smaller windows for each one-to-one chat, and conference room.

The server that runs the instant messaging service ( has reached ‘end of life’ and will be decommissioned on August 1, 2018. In preparation of this decommissioning, OIT has rolled out a new chat server ( along with a newer version of the messaging software. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to migrate your Buddy list to the new server, so you will have to 1) add the new server to your messaging client and 2) manually re-add your Buddies. The instructions below have been updated with the new settings (the only change is the server name: If you have any questions, please open a ticket.

Software Configuration


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