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I need a free mail server for a Windows 2003 Server Virtual Private Server.

Can anyone suggest one?

Can you please also give me some advise how to configure it?  I'll need it to send emails from the server that's hosting it from my C# program, but will also need to use it from other locations and Outlook.


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newbieweb
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There's already an SMTP and POP3 server built into WIndows server 2003.  What do you need to do that they don't support?
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That's the first I heard of it.  I'm new to this.  And I am very sure that I do not need any more than what Windows Serv 2003 has to offer.

How can I access it?  Configure it?

Do I use both POP3 and SMTP?

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newbieweb
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The "configure your server wizard" application (start/administrative tools) is where you can set up these components.  Just follow the prompts, then tell it you want the server to be a "Mail server".

You can fine tune the configuration of the SMTP portion from within the IIS configuration applet.  You'll want to become familiar with that if this server is exposed to the internet, so that your server is not used as an open relay for sending spam.  The built in help offers some advice.
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Thanks for the help.  I just started reading about this and do want to secure my mail server (and my website) as much as possible against all kinds of hacking.

But to get started, my web host uses Plesk.  My question, if you know, is will the server wizard conflict with Plesk?  

Secondly, and in relationship to my hosting a basic HTML website here, do I need to use this wizard to configure the DNS or anything involving the website?  Or does Plesk take care of that all?

thank for any help yuou can provide.

newbieweb
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Woops!  I missed the "virtual private server" part of your first message.  I though you were working with an in-house server.  You should ask the hosting company about which SMTP servers your web applications can use to send mail, (and whether or not it requires authentication).
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Darn!  You mean I have to use their SMTP Server?
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I was just assured by GoDaddy that a VPS allows me to have a mail server defined through Windows Server 2003.  So we'll have to see if we can get it running.

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