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We have an Exchange 2010 running on Windows 2008 R2 without any problems at all. There are times that because of scheduled hardware maintenance or emergency procedures we have to "route" all our services to another site.
During that time the only thing that is not working is sending alarms/alerts emails to our IT Department whenever one of the remote programs gives an error and that is because there is no Exchange server on the remote site.

Instead of installing and configuring a full exchange server, is there any 3rd party small SMTP server program that could be able to receive user/pass/auth/sender/recipient/subject/body and then send a basic email (remember that are only alerts, so there is no need to be a fancy email) to our guys from IT?

Some friends told me about postie.exe.
Any better solution or program that you can think of?

Thanks for your help,

Roberto.
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by:Thomas Grassi
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Roberto,

Just read up on Postie that program is a command line send mail via command line. Does not receive email.

You will find any third party app will do the same thing just send.

BLAT
Febooti  my favorite.

If you can setup a small Fedora Server you can run Postfix which is a email server for Linux.

I have an Exchange Server running and I use Fedora Server Postfix also

Put two network adapters in the fedora server give it a Public address and you will have no problems.

All Fedora Server and Postfix are free Open Source software another advantage.
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by:ROBERTO PAREJA
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Thanks trgrassijr55,

Just to let you know that I don't need to receive any email at all.

The program will be used only to send email to our IT guys at their personal accounts (hotmail, gmail) with the server name that has an alert (nothing confidential), so then they can connect to the remote site and troubleshoot the server.

Based on this, I need the easiest solution.
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by:Thomas Grassi
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If you only need a command line program then I would say Febooti

http://www.febooti.com/products/command-line-email/
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by:ROBERTO PAREJA
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Sorry I forgot to mention that we already have our in-house alert programs running.
Is Febooti capable of accepting a connection from our programs (as mentioned in my first post giving them the user/passw/sender/recipient) and then send the email?
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by:Thomas Grassi
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can you program call a batch program? If so then you got it

What type of alerting app you running?

Most applications just need an smtp server and send to from options defined.

We also besides using postfix we send all import alerts to a gmail account we all have access to.  

Just setup a yoursupport@gmail.com  account cc emails to that account then no program needed
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Why not install the SMTP server that's part of IIS on another server?  Or use the ISP's smtp server?
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by:ROBERTO PAREJA
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Our application are developed under Visual Studio .NET and once they detect some kind of problem in a server, they connect to our Exchange server and prepare an alarm email that is sent to alert our IT techs of the the problem found.

In this new scenario (in the remote site) there is no Exchange server, so I am looking to an easy solution for this monitoring program to connect to a standalone smtp server installed in the same remote location, send the parameters (sender, recipient, subject and body) and that smtp would be able to actually send the email without any other additional server.

Thanks.
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by:Thomas Grassi
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Ok from all the coding I have seen the applications do not connect to an exchange server they send to the exchange server.

All applications that I seen done this have the option to cc to another email address.

Just add an external email address to the mail list that is already coded in your application.

as I mentioned above use gmail account or any other that is not on your exchange server.
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by:ROBERTO PAREJA
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Hi leew,

If the IT department decides to go with the SMTP Server option that can be installed with the IIS server... Will that still need a real SMTP to finally send the email? Or is it really an SMTP server by itself?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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It's really an SMTP server.  I used to use it as a relay for exchange when I ran GFI for spam filtering on my network.
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by:ROBERTO PAREJA
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for tecnicard's comment #a39701819

for the following reason:

Thanks trgrassijr55.
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Thomas Grassi earned 1500 total points
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If you are thanking me then why did you close this question without assigning us points?
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Sorry, I thought I did... Trying again.
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