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We have Microsoft Windows Server 2003 running IIS 6 as a web server with a dedicated public IP address. There’s also a SQL Server 2005 running a database that communicates with the web server mentioned. The web server is running this 3rd party “EasyMail SMTP Express” that sends out email alerts to customers detailing their order.
We are running EasyMail SMTP Express version 1.0.2.0

This is what I emailed to the “quiksoft.com” tech support folks
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We have never been able to send Outbound email alerts to customers. On the "status" page, it shows all messages failed. Never had a successful message sent.

On the "Routing" tab, we tried to provide what we believe is the correct information.

My Question is: does this product require an internal an in-house mail server such as Exchange? - or does it work with pop3 internet email. the reason I ask - In the "Routing" tab,
1)it asks for a "domain" (we inserted an *)
2)it asks for a "server" on port 25 (we inserted mail.rpmsolutionsgroup.com) - our pop3 email provider's server is with "NetworkSolutions"
3)it asks for a DNS server.(we inserted 192.168.0.1) which is our router's Gateway server and acting DNS server to all devices on our network. Sending email from Outlook to "mail.rpmsolutionsgroup.com" port 25 is not an issue on any desktop running Outlook. We also have no internet access issues

- But nowhere does it ask for an email account and its password for outbound authentication. So I’m not sure how this product is supposed to work. - the license is valid
- Should we apply the latest update from your website if you think this helps?
- Do we need a “pop3” component?

I am attaching the error logs hoping this will help. I am not able to attach more than one log. I’ll attach the largest log from today. Let me know if I can get all the logs to you
Your Developer Care case number is: 201513313010
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This was their reply:
Quiksoft:
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SMTP Express does not support authentication. If you want your email to be relayed to mail.rpmsolutionsgroup.com then you will have to get the admin at mail.rpmsolutionsgroup.com to white list your IP address so that authentication is not required    

This is my response:    

-      Contacted Network Solutions: opened ticket # 10481117166. They confirmed what I already know. Most pop email providers, if not all, require authentication. Also, there is no such thing as a   “white list your IP address so that authentication is not required”. “White lists” normally apply to inbound email so spam is controlled.
-      I even entertained a Gmail or hotmail account and they to require authentication. Our ISP is "XO Communications". they don’t support Outbound email relay. No company I know are supporting non-authenticated relays. People want to know where email is coming from. There’s no PTR record with relays.
-      In my opinion, we’ll need an onsite mail server.

So now I’m looking for an email server solution without having to install and configure an “overkill” Exchange server. I’m looking for a low cost solution that I can install on the SQL server or  the Web server that can be used to point the SMTP relay to.
-      I know there are several free solutions such as  “ http://www.hmailserver.com/ “
-      Then there are other low cost solutions. Can someone make a recommendation that you may be familiar with?  


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You can use something called Mail Enable if you just want a relay server, you can have it listen to requests, queue them and deliver them with authentication. I have used it many times in the past and even use it for our Bulk Email server at work.

http://www.mailenable.com/
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Basically, once installed, I should just be able to point to this server without authentication and let the mail server handle any needed authentication. Does that sound correct.
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Yep, I had a problem about 5 years ago where an Exchange server wouldnt authenticate with ISP servers.. put this server between the 2 and never had a problem after that... best of all, its Free! :D
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I'll give it a shot tomorrow and give you an update
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