Smtp Server Setup Instructions

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Windows 2008 SMTP Server


To enable SMTP Service on your Windows 2008 machine.
  • Open Server Manager
    • Start Menu
    • Type Server Manager in the Search box. Click Server Manager Icon.
    • OR Right-Click on Computer, Select Manage
  • In the left-hand pane, click on Features
    • In right-hand pane, inspect the features summary to see if Smtp Server is installed. If it is, you are set.
  • Click the 'Add Features' button
  • Select SMTP Server
    • Click yes when Windows asks you about installing features SMTP Server depends on.

Automatic Start

Installation scripts commonly restart IIS when they install new binaries. You should set up SMTP Server to automatically start services whenever IIS is restarted.
  • Open the Services Management Console
    • Start Menu
    • Type Services in the Search box. Click Services Icon.
  • Locate the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) Service
  • Configure the service to run Automatically.


You administer Smtp Server using the IIS 6.0 Admin User interface. The Smpt Server management tools have not been ported to use the IIS 7.x interface.
To launch SMTP Service admin:
  • Start Menu/All Programs/Administrative Tools/Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0
  • OR Start Menu
    • Type 'iis 6' in the Search Box

Copies details and step by step instructions:
SMTP Administration (Microsoft Technet)

Virtual SMTP Servers

You can configure a single SMTP Service to run multiple virtual SMTP Servers - or service instances. This is useful for running debug or multi-homed installations.
You must bind the additional instances to either a different IP address (in case of a multi-homed machine) or port.

Each virtual SMTP Server has a service instance #. To find the service instance (not always obvious), use either the IIS 6.0 Metabase Explorer or the old standby command line adsutil.vbs.

Managing Domains

Local Domains

A local domain is a domain that this SMTP Server is responsible for delivering mail to. The SMTP server with not relay messages for local domains. Messages will be passed to a local mail store, such as POP3. The default local mail store is the Drop folder.

To create a local domain:
  • In the left pane, expand the virtual smtp server
  • Right Click on the Domains
  • Select New/Domain
  • Specify Domain Type as "Alias". This creates a Local Domain
  • Type your domain name





Remote Domains

A remote domain is a domain that this SMTP Server acts as an intermediary for. All messages for the remote domain are relayed to that domain.

Smart Hosts

You can configure SMTP Server to relay messages to a specific SMTP Server, also called a smart host. You can ask it to do this for all messages or only for messages sent to specific remote domains. You use smart hosts to lay out a standard gateway <=> internal mail server topology.

Deep Dive On Technet : Read the section on "Configuring Remote Domains"

Sending Messages to SMTP Server

Mail Clients

In Windows Live Mail:

  • Select Tools\Accounts
  • Click Add, then chose Email

Pickup Folder

You can also send messages by dropping an RFC822 compliant message file in the domain's pickup folder. The default pickup folder is typically C:\inetpub\mailroot\pickup.