SMTP not needing Authentication

Posted on 2007-07-25
Last Modified: 2013-12-25
I install Dell storage equipment in medical facilities.  The systems are configured so that any time there is a hardware problem and E-mail is generated and sent out.   This happens via SMTP, however, there is no place to specify authentication settings for the SMTP server so I am not able to use any of these accounts.  The only options are SMTP IP, Sending name, and recipients.  Most of the IT departments allow me to send via SMTP by just allowing the IP address however, I do have a few that I cannot do this on however I do have internet access on the devices.  How do other "IT professionals" go about this?  I'm trying to find free SMTP servers but thats really not a good nor professional way to do it.
Question by:fvisconti
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    What kind of devices is it?
    Maybe you could install a local SMTP server on them and send the mail directly without relay.
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    by:Malli Boppe
    The thing to do use the ISP SMTP which would definately allow you send emails.
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    You could always use your own personal one.  Presumably you have an email server, or use your ISP's server to send out from your personal account.  The difficulties you may have are (1) if your service provider is also your broadband provider they may insist that their SMTP details can only be used to authenticate you from your broadband line (2) the hospital's conduit to the outside world won't accept SMTP sessions from your equipment - speak to the IT dept who will either punch an outgoing hole in their firewall for you on Port 25, or get them to accept your outgoing stuff into their email server for forwarding on, or try using Port 587, which is an alternate SMTP port, but you should inform the IT dept (whichever port you use) otherwise they may think it is Malware related.  If your equipment only sends out in times of fault, you cannot afford to have their firewall blocking you.

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