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SMTP Server Software

Posted on 2008-10-07
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Can someone suggest SMTP server software? We have a co-located server in a workgroup and we need to receive datafiles and auto send notices and alerts from our software application. If anyone has had a positive expererience with a low cost solution please tell me the name and provide a link if you have it. This will be installed on Windows Server 2008. Thank you.
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by:sstone55423
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It sounds like Exchange is not the way for you to go, as it is overkill for your situation?  If you have WIndows Server 2008, why not just use the built in software?  IIS 7 has SMTP, and you could use that, right?
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/8b83ac7t.aspx
 
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by:jamesh1031
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If I want to send and receive do I need SMTP and POP3?
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POP3 is for retrieving mail from the mail server (to your mail client). SMTP is used for sending (from client to server and between servers).
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So, yes I need both in server solution? Let's try this question. What do I need to send and receive email on a co-located server that is in a workgroup not in a domain? (when I don't want to use Exchange).
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On the server you need SMTP to send messages out and to receive them from other servers (or from a mail client, or from an application). To get the messages to a mail client, you need POP3.

A windows-based free solution is Mercury (http://www.pmail.com/). It offers a full standard mail server solution (SMTP, POP3 and IMAP). Domain or workgroup is not important in this particular situation; possibly Exchange requires a domain, but that's a windows/Exchange-specific thing, if so. Mail transport generally doesn't bother about login domains.
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by:sstone55423
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Again, IIS and SMTP/POP will work fine.  I do nto recommend pmail (Mercury) after supporting it for several years at one client, it is such a pain.
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Thank you
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