SMTP Server Blues...
Posted on 2004-11-22
I'm trying to help my friend out. Their company is running Windows 2000 server and just replaced their DSL connection with a dedicated T1 line from Verizon. Earthlink has been hosting their website and continues to host their web site. They don't have an exchange server and really can't afford one.
Incoming mail from the Earthlink hosting account works fine. Their dillema is what to do for an SMTP server.
Earthlink will not allow them to send email through them, even if they authenticate, because they are connected to Verizon through the T1. Verizon will not allow them to send email through their SMTP because Verizon does not administer (host) the company's domain (That's earthlink's job).
A computer network consulting company tried to set up the Microsoft SMTP virtual server for them but all the mail just ends up in the badmail folder. Isn't this because their is no Smart Host to move the mail? Correct me if I'm wrong, but even with virtual SMTP server running, don't you still need a "real" SMTP server to talk to the mail recipient's incoming servers?
Their Windows 2000 server is behind a firewall. Is there an SMTP server available for Windows 2000 that will handle the entire process of sending mail? Is it safe and desirable to do that?
The company is non-profit and on a tight budget so I'm trying to help them resolve this in the most cost-effective way. Going to the integrated voice/data T1 with Verizon saved a lot of money but it's come at the expense of not being able to send mail!