Configure an SMTP Server for E-mail Distribution List

Posted on 2007-10-08
Last Modified: 2013-11-30

Would like to get some help here.

My company's e-mail hosting provider does not support distribution list. I would like to have our own smtp server just for that purpose. Can it be done?

We're using Windows Server 2003. My company has two domain name ( & The .com domain is parked outside and the domain is hosted on our own server.

All company staff e-mail addresses are using .com domain. I would like to use the for the distribution list address and setup an smtp server for that purpose.

Is it possible? if yes, how do I configure the server?

Thanks in advance.

Question by:harazy
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    Is it possible? -- Yes.
    How to setup the server?
    There are many ways, You can use exchange to setup a mail server for domain. (make sure you update you dns record with a proper mx record to point to your mail server... be cautious on spam protection and other security issues of hosting your own email server though... there are a lot of tutorial and guideline on the net that can help you secure your email server on the net... just google it)

    For the email server itself, you can use exchange (make sure you have the appropriate MS Exchange license & SQL server license + all other requirement installed). If you are tight on budget, don't worry, there are a lot of open source or free email server that can be at your help. Again, google for 'open source' or free email server to get some of the list. The following wikipedia page might help:

    the following two are free and support windows server as their platform:

    both email server above support distribution list + it has GUI administration which really helps people who do not like consoles/terminals :). Invest your time in reading the documentation and I assure you that you will learn a lot in the in and out of managing a mail server. I would like to stress that security is a paramount. Don't let your server become an open relay or target of spammers.

    To detail out step by step instruction will not be possible here... but you know the gist.

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